Freedom & Fiddling beats the heat


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



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Photo | Submitted Fiddling Queen Doodah Allen and Little Miss Keilana Cargo.


Photo | Submitted Pageant winners Keilana Cargo, Doodah Allen, Raigan Cave and Miranda Medley.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Madeline Owen, center, of Ohio, performs in the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship on Saturday, July 18.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Parker Embry takes a ride on a mechanical bull during the Freedom & Fiddling Festival on Saturday, July 18.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Reggie and Easton Probus, right, take a break on the courthouse steps during Freedom & Fiddling 2015.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Harrison Inocencio, center, performs in the fiddler contest on Saturday, July 18.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The inflatable slide proved a popular destination for kids during the Freedom & Fiddling Festival on Saturday.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Myron Weedman, left, and David Cooper take a look at a 1969 Camaro SS entered in the Antique Car/Truck/Rat Rod and Bike Show.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Ivy Phillips, center, of Chapmansboro, TN, performs in the fiddler contest on Saturday, July 18. Phillips placed fifth in the Jr. Fiddle contest.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of the 2015 Freedom & Fiddling Festival take a ride on the trackless train.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette A Euro Bungy was available for attendees of all ages to enjoy on Saturday.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Andrew Lin, center, of Lexington, placed third in the Jr. Fiddle contest on Saturday, July 18.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette From left, Jr. Fiddle Contestants Matthew Lin, of Lexington, Nick Whitaker, of St. Louis, MO, and Madeline Owen, of Ohio, pose for a photo during the 2015 Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Championship.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Jared Carnes stops for a photo during the 2015 Freedom & Fiddling Festival.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of Freedom & Fiddling 2015 enjoyed the pirate ship ride set up on North Main St. on Saturday.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Earlene Whitaker Wilson and a furry friend smile for the camera during Freedom & Fiddling 2015.


In spite of blistering heat, Freedom & Fiddling 2015 saw larger crowds of people attend this year as it took over Leitchfield’s Public Square this past weekend.

The festivities began on Friday evening, July 17 with the annual Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant (see breakout) and fireworks display.

Then, Saturday, July 18 marked the third consecutive year that the annual Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship and Freedom Festival have taken place concurrently.

Event Organizer Harold Miller said that while the event did not have an individual crowd as large as the peak attendance of last year’s event, this year saw consistently larger crowds in attendance throughout the day.

Additionally, Miller said, he estimated that this year, the number of contestants in the fiddler championship rivaled last year’s.

Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said Freedom & Fiddling ran smoothly, and 19 craft, jewelry, and information vendors and 15 food vendors set up on Saturday.

Miller officially released the winning contestants of the 2015 Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship and the 2015 Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant on Monday, July 20.

The first place winners of the 2015 Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship are as follows:

Small Fry Fiddle (Ages 8 and Under): Julia Sumpter, of Sewanee, TN.

Jr. Jr. Fiddle (Ages 9 through 12): Benjamin Lin, of Lexington.

Guitar: Elijah Jenkins, of Wilder, TN.

Jr. Fiddle (Ages 13 through 17): Trustin Baker, of Birchtree, MO.

Young Adult Fiddle (Ages 18 through 39): Maddie Denton, of Murfreesboro, TN.

Mandolin: Tyler Andal, of Nashville, TN.

Adult Fiddle (Ages 40 through 59): Megan Lynch-Chowning, of Goodlettsville, TN.

Sr. Fiddle (Ages 65 and Over): Gene Banks, of Athens, TX.

Banjo: Jared Shaw, of Center, KY.

Dancing-Jr. (Ages 16 and Under): Ivy Phillips, of Chapmansboro, TN.

Dancing-Adult (Ages 17 through 40): Matthew Campbell, of Smyrna, TN.

Dancing-Senior (Ages 41 and Over): Tommy Jackson, of Franklin, TN.

Championship Fiddle-Off: Megan Lynch-Chowning, of Goodlettsville, TN.

Bluegrass Bands: Elijah Jenkins, of Wilder, TN.

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Photo | Submitted Fiddling Queen Doodah Allen and Little Miss Keilana Cargo.
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Photo | Submitted Pageant winners Keilana Cargo, Doodah Allen, Raigan Cave and Miranda Medley.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_pageant.jpgPhoto | Submitted Pageant winners Keilana Cargo, Doodah Allen, Raigan Cave and Miranda Medley.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Madeline Owen, center, of Ohio, performs in the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship on Saturday, July 18.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-1.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Madeline Owen, center, of Ohio, performs in the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship on Saturday, July 18.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Parker Embry takes a ride on a mechanical bull during the Freedom & Fiddling Festival on Saturday, July 18.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-2.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Parker Embry takes a ride on a mechanical bull during the Freedom & Fiddling Festival on Saturday, July 18.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Reggie and Easton Probus, right, take a break on the courthouse steps during Freedom & Fiddling 2015.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-3.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Reggie and Easton Probus, right, take a break on the courthouse steps during Freedom & Fiddling 2015.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Harrison Inocencio, center, performs in the fiddler contest on Saturday, July 18.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-4.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Harrison Inocencio, center, performs in the fiddler contest on Saturday, July 18.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The inflatable slide proved a popular destination for kids during the Freedom & Fiddling Festival on Saturday.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-5.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The inflatable slide proved a popular destination for kids during the Freedom & Fiddling Festival on Saturday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Myron Weedman, left, and David Cooper take a look at a 1969 Camaro SS entered in the Antique Car/Truck/Rat Rod and Bike Show.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-6.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Myron Weedman, left, and David Cooper take a look at a 1969 Camaro SS entered in the Antique Car/Truck/Rat Rod and Bike Show.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Ivy Phillips, center, of Chapmansboro, TN, performs in the fiddler contest on Saturday, July 18. Phillips placed fifth in the Jr. Fiddle contest.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-7.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Ivy Phillips, center, of Chapmansboro, TN, performs in the fiddler contest on Saturday, July 18. Phillips placed fifth in the Jr. Fiddle contest.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of the 2015 Freedom & Fiddling Festival take a ride on the trackless train.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-8.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of the 2015 Freedom & Fiddling Festival take a ride on the trackless train.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette A Euro Bungy was available for attendees of all ages to enjoy on Saturday.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-9.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette A Euro Bungy was available for attendees of all ages to enjoy on Saturday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Andrew Lin, center, of Lexington, placed third in the Jr. Fiddle contest on Saturday, July 18.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-10.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Andrew Lin, center, of Lexington, placed third in the Jr. Fiddle contest on Saturday, July 18.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette From left, Jr. Fiddle Contestants Matthew Lin, of Lexington, Nick Whitaker, of St. Louis, MO, and Madeline Owen, of Ohio, pose for a photo during the 2015 Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Championship.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-11.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette From left, Jr. Fiddle Contestants Matthew Lin, of Lexington, Nick Whitaker, of St. Louis, MO, and Madeline Owen, of Ohio, pose for a photo during the 2015 Twin Lakes National Fiddlers Championship.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Jared Carnes stops for a photo during the 2015 Freedom & Fiddling Festival.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-13.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Jared Carnes stops for a photo during the 2015 Freedom & Fiddling Festival.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of Freedom & Fiddling 2015 enjoyed the pirate ship ride set up on North Main St. on Saturday.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-14.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of Freedom & Fiddling 2015 enjoyed the pirate ship ride set up on North Main St. on Saturday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Earlene Whitaker Wilson and a furry friend smile for the camera during Freedom & Fiddling 2015.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Fiddling-15.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Earlene Whitaker Wilson and a furry friend smile for the camera during Freedom & Fiddling 2015.

By Matt Lasley

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