CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Local fiddle player Liam Farley of Chapmanville took third place in the Youth Old-Time Fiddle (age 15 and under) category at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 40th annual Vandalia Gathering held Sunday, May 29.
Other winners in the category were first place: Ben Davis of Marlinton and second place: Hannah Snuffer of Beckley. Six-year-old Liam was the youngest competitor in the category.
In the competition, Liam played Kitchen Girl and Tennessee Waltz with his teacher, Miss Cathy, in the contest. Liam is the son of David and Tabitha Farley.
The annual Vandalia Gathering is a free celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and foods of West Virginia. The Culture Center and State Capitol Complex grounds play host to this expanding family-style gathering each year on Memorial Day weekend. The unique blending of ethnic and cultural heritage combines an atmosphere as comfortable as a family reunion with the excitement of a state fair. The statewide folk festival, named for the proposed 14th colony, pays tribute to the state’s ethnic heritage through a variety of exhibitions and programs.
Vandalia Gathering is a program of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. For more information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner and communications director for the division, at 304-558-0220.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.