2016 - Third place went to a banjo player from Argyle, TX. Eric Welty is no stranger to this contest as back in the early 90s he entered this competition. This is his sixth time to enter and he made the cut to 5 in 1990, 1991 and 1993 and in 1993 he placed third. By trade, Eric is a pilot for American Airlines and he just recently was checked out to fly the Airbus 300. He says he is anxious to actually fly the big bird! He has been playing the banjo for the past 42 years and when not playing the banjo he likes to restore old British automobiles. The 3rd Place trophy and a Deering Eagle II Banjo by Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA will be going back to Texas with him.