(Leitchfield, KY) – 11 days and counting as the city is tying up loose ends to prepare for its biggest events of the year; and this year the two become one.
The 2013 Leitchfield Freedom Festival and the Twin Lakes National Fiddler’s Contest will be combined this year and relocated to the Leitchfield Public Square on Saturday, July 20th.
Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson says this year event will be bigger and better with the combination of the two events.
Leitchfield Tourism oversees the production of the Freedom Festival, ensuring families are reaping the benefits of the Restaurant Tax, which fuels the festival. The event is free to attend and the carnival rides will be free from 2:00 p.m. until dark.
Lots of entertainment options also slated for the day are paid for out of the Leitchfield Tourism budget.
A large fireworks display will complete the night, and this year the fireworks will be launched from a different area of Wallace Ave.; an area that will ensure visibility from the Public Square.
Before fireworks finalize the night, the Zooperstars will make multiple visits during the day to entertain the children and kids at heart. The Zooperstars were a big hit during last year’s event.
Train rides, games, food and crafts will help round-out the day’s events as fiddler’s take to the stage to compete in the National Competition. Many of the food vendors this year will be local booster clubs and non-profit organizations working to fuel the organization they represent.
The Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Contest afforded these boosters and organizations the opportunity to be the only vendors on the premises last year, allowing these groups to increase their revenues greatly. This year there will be a mix of for-profit and non-for profit vendors. Johnson said event goers will have access to all their favorite carnival food.
The Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Queen will be crowned Friday night at the Grayson County Middle School.
Four categories of competition include: Little Miss (7-9), Little Princess (10-12), Princess (13-15), and Queen (16-21). The pageant is open to any young lady residing in Kentucky. Registration for the pageant is $30. The deadline to register is July 19th at 2:30 p.m. at GCMS. Queen contestant interviews begin at 3:00 p.m. and the pageant begins at 6:00 p.m.
The pageant coordinators again this year are Lisa Pharis and Joyce Mudd. The ladies stepped up and took the helm last year. Also returning to this year’s event is Miss Kentucky 2011 Ann Blair as the event emcee.
The 4H 5K Freedom Run will kick-off early Saturday morning at the James D. Beville Park in Leitchfield.
The day’s events will also include the Antique Car/Truck Show and the Loud Stereo Contest.
But don’t forget to start your Saturday having breakfast. The Leitchfield Fire Department will have their annual pancake breakfast from 5:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Station #2 next to Shell gas station. $5 all-you-can-eat breakfast will benefit Crusade for Children.
For more information you can contact Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson at 270-259-5587.