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Fiddling is a musical tradition in the state. Earnest East of Surry County has continued the art since the 1920s, winning numerous awards and appearing at prestigious national festivals. In 1990, he received a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award.
Benton Flippen of Surry County is an innovator in the art of fiddling. His style and creativity, along with Earnest East and others, has brought national recognition to the Mt. Airy locale. In 1990, he received a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award.
Fiddler Jim Vipperman, a native of Surry County, has received numerous awards for his playing. He received a 2009 Brown-Hudson Folklore Award presented by the North Carolina Folklore Society for his contributions to the preservation, promotion, and protection of the musical heritage of Surry County.