It was a tremendous weekend for Leitchfield and Grayson County as thousands of people enjoyed the Twin Lakes Fiddler Festival and Freedom Fest, despite the occasional rain.
There were 73 fiddle players who participated in the contest, with 51 of those contestants under the age of 18. Additionally, there were 52 non-fiddle contestants. A total of 15 states were represented at the competition, including as far away as Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Those numbers make the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Contest the largest contest of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
There were local winners in the various categories judged, including -- Doug Fleener of Leitchfield, in the Young Adult Fiddle contest. Fleener also won the Championship Fiddle-Off, the most prestigious round of the competition; Erik Payton of Millwood placed second in the Adult Fiddle contest.
The following is a complete list of the top three finishers in each category and th4e:
Small Fry Fiddle (Ages 8 and under)
1. David Lin, Lexington
2. Eli Park, Lexington
3. Uma Peters, Nashville