Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival

The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills was held on May 17. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Melanie Curran of Los Angeles tunes her banjo while playing with other musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Melanie Curran of Los Angeles tunes her banjo while playing with other musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Jordan Bush, left, of Santa Clarita plays his banjo while Dave Mc Possum of Valley Village plays his mandolin with a group of musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Jordan Bush, left, of Santa Clarita plays his banjo while Dave Mc Possum of Valley Village plays his mandolin with a group of musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Bodhi Strong (cq), 2, learns to play his big brother's violin from his mother, Anna, during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Bodhi Strong (cq), 2, learns to play his big brother’s violin from his mother, Anna, during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Music fans listen to the T Sisters perform on the main stage during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Music fans listen to the T Sisters perform on the main stage during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Sisters Rachel, Chloe and Erika Tietjen of the group T Sisters perform on the main stage during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Sisters Rachel, Chloe and Erika Tietjen of the group T Sisters perform on the main stage during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Anna Mac Farlane of Manhattan Beach plays her violin during the intermediate fiddle preliminary competition on the railroad stage during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Anna Mac Farlane of Manhattan Beach plays her violin during the intermediate fiddle preliminary competition on the railroad stage during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers "Uncle" Butch Hibben, right, of Lake Mathews plays the saw as Kevin Curtin sings and plays the guitar for music lovers during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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“Uncle” Butch Hibben, right, of Lake Mathews plays the saw as Kevin Curtin sings and plays the guitar for music lovers during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. Paramount Ranch

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