2017 - This year’s second place winner was Scott Freeman of Lafayette, IN. In real life, Scott is an In-route Air traffic Controller. Scott has attended the Festival many times and also this contest. Back in 1996 and 1998 he placed second and in 1999 he won the contest. In 2012 he made the final five. He plays many other instruments, including the drums and guitar. Scott loves the friends he has made while attending the Festival as well as the music of it. He has two Border Collies that he considers his hobbies. He was awarded a check for $100, the 2nd Place Trophy and the Cloud Nine-Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer provided by Michael C. Allen Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH.