Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Last year's Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship drew musicians from all across the country to compete Saturday, but, while waiting to perform, many of them practiced together. From left, Dean Jacobs, of Clarkson, Rob Pearcy, of Middle Tennessee, and Roy Hogan, of Roundhill, jam behind the stage in between performances at the contest. This year's Fiddling Championship will be held July 20.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Last year's Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship drew musicians from all across the country to compete Saturday, but, while waiting to perform, many of them practiced together. From left, Dean Jacobs, of Clarkson, Rob Pearcy, of Middle Tennessee, and Roy Hogan, of Roundhill, jam behind the stage in between performances at the contest. This year's Fiddling Championship will be held July 20.

It's that time of year again when fiddling can be heard throughout Leitchfield and fireworks light up the night sky.

The Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship is set to take place next Friday and Saturday, and Leitchfield Public Square will close at noon on Friday to accommodate decorating and setup.

Program Director Ed Carnes expects this to be a great year. He said that the judges are national champion fiddlers, and The Grascals are coming back to play after the contest. Additionally, former Miss Kentuckys will be present to judge and MC.

Carnes is excited about the new stage that was purchased last year by former Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason and the Leitchfield City Council. He said that it is smaller than the one that was rented previously, but it is big enough for concerts and will only take 30-40 minutes to set up.

"It will make the event look world class," he said.

According to Carnes, the event will once again be live streamed and people all over the world will be able to watch it. He said that Leitchfield holds one of the biggest competitions in the southeast, and players come from all over to be a part of it.

The Twin Lakes National Fiddling Championship will begin Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m. For a full list of fiddling contest categories and more information, visit twinlakesfiddler.com.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday

*Loud stereo contest at the American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park at 4 p.m.

*The Grayson County Bluegrass Opry will host the Freedom Bluegrass Festival at the Grayson County Government Building from 5-9 p.m.

*Rod Run and Cruise in on the Courthouse Square at 5:30 p.m.

*Fireworks at 9 p.m. They will be shot from the Grayson County Middle School water tower, and the Leitchfield Aquatic Center will stay open until midnight for fireworks viewing.

Saturday, July 20

*Pancake breakfast from 6-10 a.m. at Leitchfield Fire Station 2 on South Main Street.

*Freedom Walk and Run 4-H 5-K at 8 a.m. at James D. Beville Community Park, with registration starting at 7 a.m.

*Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship begins at 9 a.m. on the courthouse square.

*Antique car/truck/rat rod and bike show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration at 9 a.m.

*There will be free children's activities from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with rides on the north side of the square and a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting in the First Baptist Church parking lot.

*The Grascals will hold a free concert immediately after the fiddling contest.

Both days will also feature booths, vendors and food.

For more information on events, go to visitleitchfield.com.