The youngest contestant to place this year was Ben Haguewood from Mineral Point, MO, a 14-year-old, home-school student. This was Haguewood’s first time competing at Winfield, a spot he earned by winning the Southern Regional hammer dulcimer competition earlier this year. He said that he was impressed by the number of people who play the mountain and hammer dulcimers at Winfield, as well as the variety of music. In his free time, he said he likes to hang out with friends and spend time with family – playing games and conversing. Haguewood returns to his home in Missouri, with a third-place trophy, $100 and a Huddleson UL400C Chromatic Hammer Dulcimer presented by Mike Huddleson with Mike Huddleson Stringed Instruments in Wichita, KS.