Fiddle and banjo contest set at fair

ELKINS – The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College invites all fiddlers, banjo players, flatfooters and square dancers to the Randolph County Fair on Sept. 6 at Camp Pioneer in Beverly. There’s a chance to compete for cash prizes and showcase traditional West Virginia music and dance.

Co-sponsored by Augusta and the Randolph County Fair Association, the annual West Virginia Open Fiddle and Banjo Contest offers cash prizes in fiddle, old-time banjo, bluegrass banjo and flatfoot dancing.

Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the contest starts at 1 p.m. Prizes for fiddle and both banjo categories are: first place, $400; second place, $200; third place, $100; fourth place, $50; and fifth place, $25. There will be a Senior and Youth Prize of $100 each. The Flatfoot Dance Contest will award first place, $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50. Contestants must pay fair admission, but there is no additional fee to compete in the contests.

Clogger, flatfooter and old-time mountain-style square dance caller Lou Maiuri will judge the Flatfoot Dance Contest. He is an inductee into America’s Clogging Hall of Fame and the 2008 Vandalia Award winner.

New this year, the Mountain Dance Trail is partnering with the Randolph County Fair to offer an old-time square dance. Featuring caller Lou Maiuri and musicians Jesse Milnes and Kevin Chesser, the dance starts at 7 p.m. Beginners and experienced dancers are all welcome.

The contests and square dance will be hosted in a new location this year, under a large tent near the fair entrance.

Admission to the fair is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-10. Food will be available on the grounds, and a classic car show, pumpkin pie eating contest, greased pig contest, carnival rides, craft vendors and other events will be happening all day.

To learn more about the Randolph County Fair, visit For more information on the fiddle, banjo and flatfoot contest or square dance, call 304-637-1209 or visit For more about the Mountain Dance Trail and a complete schedule of dances offered year-round, visit

Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.