Junior fiddler crowned Grand Champion at 40th annual contest

Grand Champion Lucas Thorpe of Collinsville, right, performs with Fiddler’s Hall of Famer George Portz, left. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Zoe Hall)

By Zoe Hall

O’FALLON – On Saturday, April 6, the 40th annual Fiddle Contest at KC Hall was held. Hosted by Fiddler’s Hall of Famer George Portz, this year’s contest saw contestants as young as nine years old compete for cash prizes. 

In the open division, the first prize winner was John Heizer of Jackson, MO. Following him were Herman Perry of Salem, Quentin Huck of St. Genevieve, Joshua North from St. Louis, and Dale Brashares of O’Fallon. 

Quinn Cadieux of O’Fallon
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Zoe Hall)

In the Junior division, Lucas Thorpe of Collinsville was awarded first prize, followed by Lillian Roever of Madonnaville, Elizabeth Worthington of Evansville, Quinn Cadieux of O’Fallon, and Noah Feldt of Mascoutah.

Lucas Thorpe was also awarded the prize of Grand Champion in this years contest, beating out 14 other contestants.