Two Calhouners have won first place awards at the 26th Annual Vandalia Gathering 2002 in Charleston. The winners were announced last night at the West Virginia State Theater, part of the state's Cultural Center.

Orma resident Jake Krack won first place in the fiddler's contest for those under 60, and will receive a $400 prize. The young musician has just released a new CD of his fiddle music.

Big Springs resident Bruce Jones, of the Jones music family, received a first place award for bluegrass banjo. He was given a $400 prize.

A Harmony, Roane County man was given the Vandalia Award, West Virginia's highest folklife honor. He is mandolin player Bob Kessinger, a nephew of the famous fiddler Clark Kessinger.

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