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Freedom and Fiddling is next weekend

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

July 11, 2014

The second annual Freedom and Fiddling Festival will be held in Leitchfield next weekend.


Festivities will begin on Friday evening, July 18 with the annual Fiddle Festival Beauty Pageant, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Grayson County Middle School auditorium, and fireworks display.


The fireworks display has been moved to its original location at GCMS and will begin at dark.


Then on Saturday, July 19, the third annual Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship and the Freedom Festival will be held in conjunction on Leitchfield’s Public Square.


According to event organizer Ed Carnes, the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship has grown into the second biggest fiddling competition in the southeast United States, and the biggest in terms of the number of fiddlers who compete.


“Leitchfield and Grayson County, Kentucky have been a hotbed of fiddling and music for many years,” Carnes said.


The nationally certified contest will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and, in addition to the music, local organizers of the original Kentucky State Fiddler Championship Jodie Hall and Leo Mudd will be honored with awards presented in their names. This year’s Overall Fiddle Champion award will be known as the “Jodie Hall Trophy.”


The Freedom Festival will feature vendors, games, and five to seven age-appropriate carnival rides that will accommodate children and toddlers, as well as teenagers and young adults.


From 2 p.m. to dark on Saturday, rides will be free.


In addition, for the third and final year, the ZOOper Stars will perform. ZOOper Stars performances will take place at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on the west side of the court house.


“I think the Freedom Fest is going to grow more and more each year,” said Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson.


Also taking place on Saturday will be the annual Freedom 5k walk/run sponsored by Grayson County 4-H, the Loud Stereo Contest, and the Leitchfield Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast.


To accommodate the Freedom and Fiddling Festival, the streets on Leitchfield’s Public Square will be shut down at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 18 and will re-open by 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 20.