Photo courtesy of Mike Williams Photography The 2018 Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant winners include, front row, from left, Little Miss Ella Grace Neely, Little Princess Rilee Jo Penner, Princess Ella Elizabeth Robinson, and Queen Madison Duvall. Also pictured in the back row, from left, are pageant organizers Joyce Mudd, Brad Mudd, and Kaytlin VanMeter.

Photo courtesy of Mike Williams Photography

The 2018 Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant winners include, front row, from left, Little Miss Ella Grace Neely, Little Princess Rilee Jo Penner, Princess Ella Elizabeth Robinson, and Queen Madison Duvall. Also pictured in the back row, from left, are pageant organizers Joyce Mudd, Brad Mudd, and Kaytlin VanMeter.

The Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship kicks off this Saturday morning, but festivities have already begun as the 2018 Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant winners were crowned Friday night.

The winners of each pageant category for 2018 are Queen Madison Duvall, of Leitchfield; Princess Ella Elizabeth Robinson, of Leitchfield; Little Princess Rilee Jo Penner, of Leitchfield; Little Miss Ella Grace Neely, of Caneyville; and Tiny Miss Blair Addison Yoakem, of Sunfish.

The Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship itself will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and will be judged by a panel of three accomplished fiddlers, Maddie Denton, Megan Lynch-Chowning, and Kerry Varble.

Denton is a two-time winner of the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship and a third-generation fiddle player from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She began playing at the age of 5 and is the current Grand Master Fiddle Champion, the first Tennessee-born contestant to ever win, plus the 2009 National Oldtime Junior Fiddle Champion.

Since 2008, Denton has won 14 state championship titles spread over the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and Tennessee, where she is a three-time winner and current state champion.

Lynch-Chowning, also a past winner of the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship, is originally from Redding, California, and is a seven-time national fiddle champion, touring musician, recording artist, teacher, singer and flat-foot dancer.

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She recently finished a four-year touring stint with country music artists Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, and has played with bluegrass stars Dale Ann Bradley, Roland White, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Chris Jones, 3 Fox Drive, Due West, Chris Stuart, and BEML.

Lynch-Chowning has played fiddle and sung on more than two dozen projects, and has two new albums out, "The Comprehensive Fiddler" and "Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue." She has taught fiddle at prestigious camps such as Augusta Heritage Week, the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week in the UK, and the California Bluegrass Association Camp, among many others.

Lynch-Chowning has also judged the National Fiddle Championships three times, as well as many state championships throughout the country, and she is the co-director (with her husband Adam) of the esteemed and IBMA award-nominated Nashville Acoustic Camps.

Varble has played the fiddle for more than 25 years and was the Ohio State fiddle champion in 2008 and 2016. In addition to top finishes in contests from Ohio to Texas, she is a three-time Indiana State Gambler's Draw champion and two-time Grand Master Fiddler finalist.

In addition to the guest judges, this year's festival will also feature another special guest, 2018 Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard.

Bouchard, a 22-year-old native of Owensboro, will be on hand to participate in the festivities, as well as sign autographs and take pictures with attendees for several hours during the day. These times will be announced closer to the event.

The Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship is held annually on Leitchfield Public Square, so all roads leading to Public Square will close Friday at 2 p.m. in preparation for the event. The roads will re-open on Sunday morning.

In addition to the fiddling contest, various other various events will be held throughout Saturday, as well.

From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., a pancake breakfast to raise money for the WHAS Crusade for Children will be held at Leitchfield Fire Station 2 on South Main Street.

Then, a 4H 5K Freedom Walk & Run, with registration at 7 a.m. and starting time set for 8 a.m., will be held at Firefighter's Memorial Park.

Starting at 9 a.m., an antique car/truck/rat rod and bike show will be held. This will be followed by free carnival rides for children from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wrapping up the musical portion of the festival will be a free concert by The Grascals, a famed bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee, who will perform on the main stage at 8 p.m. They will also be joined by special guest Jimmy Mattingly, a Leitchfield native and fiddle player for Garth Brooks.

Saturday's scheduled festivities on the square will conclude at 9 p.m. with the annual city of Leitchfield fireworks display.

Friday night there will also be a rod run and cruise-in on the square, beginning at 5:30 p.m., as well as a historical downtown walking tour at 6 p.m. at the Jack Thomas House, and children's activities provided by The Cecilian Bank.

For more information about the event, visit www.twinlakesfiddler.com or www.visitleitchfield.com.