SC State Fiddlers Convention

23rd Annual 

Hagood Mill’s Ole Time Fiddlers Convention
Featuring the SC State Fiddling Championship

September 20-21, 2019

Event goes on rain or shine.  No refunds.

2019 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship Winners Announced


The hills were alive with the sounds of our traditional Appalachian music at Hagood Mill in Pickens during the week-end of September 20th and 21st. The annual Old-Time Fiddling Convention and the SC State Fiddling Championship were held for the largest crowd ever to attend. Awards were given out to Youth (16 and under) and Adults including ribbons, plaques, cash, and, to the top three SC Fiddling Champions, beautiful Loving Cups. Up to $500 in cash was given to each winner with total prize money being $3575. In addition a Hot Licks contest was held for any instrument. Following are the winners in the different categories:

Adult Fiddle

1st place: Kristin Harris (SC) $500.00

2nd place: Henry Barnes (Ohio) $300.00

3rd place: Josh Johnson (SC) $200.00

Finalists: Jim Graddick, David White, Cody Bauer, Emily Wait

Adult Old Time Banjo

1st place: David White (SC) $100.00

2nd place: Conner Steven Vliestra $75.00

3rd place: Mary Cox (NC) $50.00

Adult Guitar

1st place: Jim Graddick (SC) $100.00

2nd place: Alex Alexander $75.00

3rd place: Hunter Holmes (SC) $50.00

Adult Wild Cat Open

1st place: Ella Henessee and Mary Johnson (SC) $100.00

2nd place: Freddie Vanderford (SC) $75.00

3rd place: Kristin Harris and Ella (SC) $50.00

Adult Old Time String Band

1st place: Hungry Mountain Boys $500.00

2nd place: Better Late $300.00

3rd place: Appalachian Thunder $200.00


Junior Fiddle 

1st place: Ella Thomas $100.00

2nd place: Clara Oberholser $ 75.00

3rd place: Ryn Riley $50.00

Junior Banjo

1st place: Molly Johnson $ 75.00

2nd place: Peter Nesbitt $ 50.00

3rd place: Amelia Tebalt $ 25.00

Junior Wildcat

1st place: Amelia Tebalt $ 75.00

2nd place: Ross Flowers $ 50.00

3rd place: Pelham Bruce $ 25.00

Junior Guitar

1st place: Shea Kennedy $ 75.00

2nd place: Matthew James Oberholser $ 50.00

3rd place: Alyssa White $ 25.00

Junior Old Time String Band

1st place: Creekside Crawfish $100.00

2nd place: Hometown String Band $ 75.00

3rd place: Unbranded $ 50.00

We would like to thank our judges for this event:

Michele Turner (Taylors, SC)

Beverly Smith (Marshall, NC)

Steve McGaha (Easley, SC)

Susan Ware-Snow (Powdersville, SC)

Carol Rifkin (Asheville, NC)

John Fowler (Boiling Springs, SC)

Danielle Yother (Sunset, SC)

Josiah Roper (Liberty, SC)

Mary Johnson (Pickens, SC)

Congratulations to all of the winners! Many thanks go out to all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers, performers, vendors, demonstrators, and event staff who made this wonderful day possible. We appreciate our partner, Pickens County, for their financial and emotional support and the SC Arts Commission for partially funding the event.

Please plan to come to our October events: October 19—Storytelling and Liar’s Contest and October 26—our fundraiser. All profits go to the Hagood Mill Foundation, the 501(c)3 which supports the Mill. Hagood Mill is located at 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens. The site is open Wed-Sat, 10 AM- 4 PM through November with shorter hours during the winter months. For more information see the website—, the Hagood Mill Foundation Facebook page, email or call 864-898-2936.

The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

 Mark your calendars for the 2020 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship – September 18-19, 2020.

138 Hagood Mill Rd
Pickens, SC 29671

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, each week – all year long.  




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Special thanks to Pickens County Council for partially supporting the Storytelling Festival and the Native American Celebration.