Ron Yule of DeRidder, far left, was the winner of the 2019 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held as part of the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. Other top finishers included, from left, Joe Suchanek (second place), and Owen Meche, far right. Accompanist Waylon Meche is second from right. (Photo by Peter Jones, provided by NSU) 

Ron Yule, of DeRidder, was named the Grand Champion of the 2019 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held at Northwestern State University as part of the 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival.

Second place winner was Joe Suchanek of Merryville, with Owen Meche of Arnaudville placing third.

Meche also took first place in the 21 and under championship division.

Suchanek took first in the 60 and up championship division, with Yule coming in second,

Birgit Murphy of Opelousas in third, Mark Young of Basile in fourth, Wilfred Luttrell of DeRidder in fifth, and Ron Pace of Alexandria in sixth.

Luttrell and Yule also took first place in the twin fiddles competition.


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