Hagood – Fiddling Championship Winners

2017 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.  Bob Buckingham, emcee for this event said, “The number of musicians entering the competition surged this year.”  Billy Crawford, Hagood Mill Historic Site Director added, “We are very pleased to host again the South Carolina State Fiddling Championship at this historic place. The championship is the premier feature of our Music in the Mountains series held here on the third Saturday of each month throughout the year.  Everybody has a great time.”

Taking first place in the 2017 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship was Jim Graddick from Blythewood, SC.   He received $400.00 and the first place trophy for this category.  Mr. Graddick plans to return next year to defend his well-earned title.  Second place winner in the Senior Fiddle category was David White who received $250.00 and the second place trophy.  Willie Moore of North Carolina took the third place honors of $100 and the third place trophy.

In addition to the South Carolina Fiddling Championship, the enthusiastic audience enjoyed hearing musicians compete in six additional categories. The following are the winners from each competition.

Senior Fiddle

1st place                Jim Graddick  (SC)                                                                                            $400.00

2nd place               David White  (SC)                                                                                             $250.00

3rd place               Willie Moore  (NC)                                                                                           $100.00


Junior Fiddle (16ys and under)

1st place                Ella Thomas (SC)                                                                                               $100.00

2nd place               Kaitlyn Holder (SC)                                                                                          $ 50.00

3rd place               Hayley King (SC)                                                                                                               $ 25.00


Junior Open

1st place                David Safra (SC)                                                                                                                $100.00

2nd place               Levi Herrington (GA)                                                                                      $ 50.00

3rd place               Amelia Tebalt (SC)                                                                                           $ 25.00


Ole Time Banjo

1st place                Joshua Johnson (SC)                                                                                       $100.00

2nd place               Mark Kilianski (NC)                                                                                          $75.00

3rd place               David White (SC)                                                                                              $50.00



1st place                Mikey Collins (SC)                                                                                            $100.00

2nd place               Eric Odio (SC)                                                                                                     $75.00

3rd place               Marshall Goers (SC)                                                                                        $50.00


Senior Wild Cat Open

1st place                Will Hart (NC)                                                                                                     $100.00

2nd place               Mikey Collins (SC)                                                                                            $75.00

3rd place               Jim Graddick  (SC)                                                                                            $50.00



Old Time String Band

1st place                Hoot N Hollar (SC)                                                                                            $400.00

2nd place               Suppa Club (SC)                                                                                                                $250.00

3rd place               Rocky Bottom Rounders (NC)                                                                     $100.00



We would like to thank our judges for this event:

Michele Turner                 (Taylors, SC)

Brook Lauer                        (Laurens, SC)

Amy Buckingham             (Greer, SC)

Elaine Graves                     (Tryon, NC)

Sophie Case                       (Greenville, SC)


Special Thanks to this year’s sponsors

Cedar Mountain Banjos (Brevard NC)

Appalachian Ale House (Pickens SC)

Sexton’s Music and Games (Pickens SC)

Pickens Chamber of Commerce

Winsletts Produce (Easley SC)

Captain Charlie’s Reed Grill (Juno Beach, FL)

Red Mud Stains Fabrication (Easley SC)


We want to give an extra special thank you to a generous anonymous donor.



Mark your calendars for the 2018 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship – September 15th  2018.


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.


The support of the Pickens County Council, our local community, the endless work of volunteers, talented musicians, and dedicated traditional artists make this and events like it a success at the Hagood Mill each third Saturday throughout the year. Thanks to all!


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


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