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2014 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship - Winners Announced

Published: September 23, 2014

2014 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

Winners Announced


This year, in front of a record number of visitors, the Hagood Mill was filled with the sounds of music competition at its best. Dean Watson, one of the two emcees for this event said “the number of musicians entering the competition surged this year”. Wayne Kelly, who also emceed, said “we are so pleased to host the South Carolina State Fiddling Championship here at this historic Hagood Mill site. This championship is the premier feature of our Music in the Mountains series held here on the third Saturday throughout the year”.  

We are pleased to announce the winner for the 2014 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship.

First place is Robert Burns from Taylors SC.   Burns received $400.00 and a first place trophy for placing in the top of this category.  Congratulations Robert!

In addition to the South Carolina Fiddling Championship, the audience enjoyed hearing musicians compete in a variety of categories. Below are the winners from each competition.

Senior Fiddle

1st place               Robert Burns                                                                                                $400.00

2nd place              Peyton O’Kelley                                                                                            $200.00

3rd place              Nick Hallman                                                                                                $100.00


Junior Fiddle (16ys and under)

1st place               Mary Johnson                                                                                               $75.00

2nd place              Jonathan Eernisse                                                                                       Ribbon

3rd place              Ella Thomas                                                                                                  Ribbon


Junior Open

1st place               Danielle Yother                                                                                            $75.00

2nd place              Alex Alexander                                                                                             Ribbon

3rd place              Bailey George                                                                                               Ribbon


Ole Time Banjo

1st place               Bob Buckingham                                                                                          $100.00

2nd place              Bailey George                                                                                               $75.00

3rd place              Josh Johnson                                                                                                $50.00



1st place               Danielle Yother                                                                                            $100.00

2nd place              Nick Hallman                                                                                                $75.00

3rd place              Alex Kelly                                                                                                       $50.00


Ole Time String Band

1st place               Pumpkintown Honey Dippers                                                                    $250.00

2nd place              Piedmont Mule Chasers                                                                             $175.00

3rd place              Out Of The Blue                                                                                           $100.00


We would like to thank our judges for this event:

Jim “Jamie” Gano             (Easley SC)

David Lynch                       (Asheville NC)

Beth Molaro                      (Asheville NC)

Jim Clinton                         (Greenville SC)


In addition to the toe-tapping music at this event the Hagood Mill was host to a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations.  There was blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, leather-working and more!  Visitors asked questions of the artists and made purchases of their Traditional Arts to take home.  What a fun-filled day!


The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half…the mill operated throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits and wheat flour was available.  In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced.  Visitors purchased Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items.


Yes, there was a lot to do!  It just would not be the South if visitors did not have great food to enjoy on site.  The Gatehouse Restaurant provided a nice variety to select from.  Many of the visitors commented how delicious the “BBQ Sundae” was.  This specialty item is served in a clear container and composed of pulled-pork, topped with baked beans, topped with coleslaw…then to make the “sundae” complete…a cherry tomato on top. Perfect!


Mark your calendars for the 2015 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship – September 19th.

The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month. 


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.


 “Music in the Mountains 2014” is sponsored by a private benefactor. The support of the Pickens County Council, our local community, the endless work of volunteers, talented musicians, and dedicated traditional artist demonstrating make this and events like it a success at the Hagood Mill each third Saturday all throughout the year. Thank to all!


For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .