Vocalist Susie Easley of Murphys won the grand prize at the 31st annual Fiddle and Bango Contest held Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park.
Susie Easley, of Murphys, shows her grand prize certificate at the annual Fiddle and Bango Contest. Leslie Davis / Courtesy photo, 2013.
She received a gold nugget for her efforts, along with $50 for also winning first place in the vocal category.
The 2013 contest, sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, was held in memory of Ron DeLacy, a longtime Columbia musician and journalist who died in August.
While the judges were tallying up their scores to determine the winners, many of DeLacy’s friends gathered in the gazebo to play and sing some of the classic songs he had written.
Here are the rest of the winners:
Fiddle — 1, Vincent Sherwin, Sonora, age 11, 2. Sarah Petersen, Twain Harte, age 14, 3. CJ Sherwin, Sonora, age 9.
Banjo — Chuck Waldman, Sonora, 2. Clinton Carter, Sonora, 3. Erich Quinn, Sonora.
Mandolin — John Gwinner, Modesto, 2. Terry Wildman, Wheatland, 3. David Simenson, Merced.
Guitar — Elliott Cox, Sonora, 2. Richard Sholer, Sonora, 3. David Simenson, Merced.
Vocal — Susie Easley, Murphys, 2. Patti Dahlstrom, Merced, 3. Shilo Edwards, Atwater.
Miscellaneous — Richard Sholer, Sonora, 2. Dave Axelrod, Sonora. 3. John Watson, Columbia.
This year’s judges were Brian DeMassey, Doug Johnson and Tina Louise Barr.
The event is named after a misspelling of the word “banjo” at the first contest.
In conjunction with the Fiddle and Bango Contest, the chamber also hosted a chili cookoff, with Jeff Briggs of the City Hotel Restaurant taking first place.