Top Fiddlers Crowned In Payson


The Vertielee Floyd Memorial 37th Annual Arizona Old time Fiddlers Contest drew the state's best talent to the Rim Country.

From the field, the judges selected the top talent to represent the state in the national contest in Idaho.

The champion lineup is as follows: Andrew Donald, first; Joshua Galyon, second; Michael Rolland, third; Katherine Messer, fourth; Matthew Rolland, fifth; Lauren Jones, sixth; and Sue Elsclager, seventh.

Placement in the other categories:

Small Fry: Brandie Schaan, first; Ben Shu, second; Pearson Wallace, third; Braden Boisvert, fourth.

Junior-Junior: Katherine Messer, first; John Brewer, second; Sam Jones, third; Brook Boisvert, fourth; and Clark Wallace, fifth.

Junior: Joshua Galyon, first; Andrew Donald, second; Lauren Jones; third; Samuel Gray, fourth; and Nicole Lonchar, fifth.

Young Adult: Michael Rolland, first; David Kaemmer, second; and Matthew Rolland, third.

Adult: Peter Rolland, first; Doug Fulker, second; Jaime Johnson, third; Marti White, fourth; and Frank Hughes, fifth.

Senior: Sue Elsclager, first; Kent Chamberland, second; Blaine Cone, third; Paul Baker, fourth; and Dennis Russell, fifth.

Trick: Lauren Jones, first.

Fancy: Andrew Donald, first.

Cross-Tuned: Matthew Rolland, first.

Twin Fiddle: Sam Jones and Lauren Jones, first

Accompanist: Norm Long, first; Michael Rolland, second; David Kaemmer, third; Mary Hill, fourth; Peter Rolland, fifth.

The oldest fiddler competing was Ruth Gilpin and the youngest fiddler was Braden Boisvert.

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