MOUNT VERNON — A hug from a teacher or mentor for a job well done can be one of the best feelings.
Emily Pike got that hug Saturday and even got to return the favor.
The 14-year-old from Mount Vernon won the 12 to 19-year-old age class at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival’s Fiddle contest and was greeted warmly by her teacher and mentor, Meg Litteral. The two shared in the excitement of the day, as Litteral won the 55-and-over class earlier in the competition.
“It (winning) felt really good,” Pike said. “Meg’s my teacher, so this is really cool.”
Pike beat out four others in her division on the main stage downtown. All had to play three songs, including a waltz, but it was the swing song, “Panhandle Swing,” that was Pike’s favorite.