After two hugely successful years, the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship returns again this year on Saturday, July 19, on the square in Leitchfield. The marquee event of the combined Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival and Freedom Festival; last year the competition had 77 fiddlers, 57 of which were 17-years of age or younger, from 12 different states and from as far away as Texas and New Hampshire. New categories of competition in guitar, mandolin, and bands joined the dancing and bluegrass band competitions and added another 54 contestants.
This year’s festivities include the Fiddle Festival Queen Pageant, a car show, vendor booths, a Square Dance show and demonstration by the 12-time Tennessee State Champion Square Dance Team
the "Rocky Top Revue" from Franklin, TN. A street dance after the contest by “The Jack Thomas Band," will also be performed, as well as all the Freedom Fest activities on the courthouse square for the entire family. All events are free.
In 2013, it was estimated that over 5,000 people attended the festivities with the average crowd size over 1,500 people. The event organizers believe this year’s attendance could be higher.
The Fiddle Festival Queen Pageants starts Friday night at 6:00 (July 18) at the Grayson County Middle School auditorium, and the Fiddle contest will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 on the Courthouse Square.
Ed Carnes, one of the event organizers, contributed to this article.