This year, the Springville Country and Blue Grass Festival features 12 bands along with historic demonstrators, vendors, food trucks, clogging by the WNY Clogging Association, and new this year, an Antique Car Cruise-In. The event starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 and runs until 6 p.m. that evening on Franklin Street in Springville at Fiddlers Green Park, Heritage Park, and the Concord Mercantile. Admission is free.
Event Chairperson Trudy Stanley said, “We’re thrilled to have added Creek Bend, Panfil Brothers and City Fiddle to our music line-up this year. With a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, we were able to add a third venue at Heritage Park Gazebo and increase our performances. The community support has been great with the Trading Post also hosting a guest band, Rush the Growler, at their location on Franklin Street. Even the high school Fine Arts Club was involved, watch for the artistic brainteaser signage to be posted along Main Street. We are looking forward to an afternoon of great music, delicious food, and interesting events for the whole family to enjoy… It’s an exciting afternoon with three music venues and lots to see and do. This year we have food trucks located throughout the festival grounds.”
Event Music Coordinator Donna Krzes shared the enthusiasm. “This year we have even more music. We tried to attract young performers with the WNY Fiddle Kids and the Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble. Many of the cloggers are young. So there will be music and events for fiddle fans of all ages,” she said.
In addition to the music performances, the WNY Clogging Association will have lessons and demonstrations in the Concord Town Hall. The Fiddler’s Green Militia will once again have its popular colonial encampment in Fiddler’s Green Park along with other historic demonstrators including a blacksmith. Heritage Park will host Civil War and other demonstrators and the Antique Car Cruise-in will be in the Heritage Park Parking Lot.
The ever popular Jam Tent will be by the SkatePlex. “ Be sure to bring your acoustic instrument to join in on the fun, and for those aspiring musicians there’s free music lessons at the picnic shelter at Heritage Park,” Stanley said. “Don’t forget to visit the Concord Historical Museum and Mercantile where demonstrators and face painters will be located.”
The music festival continues Springville’s history of providing music to Concord. Before the Village was incorporated in 1834, the hamlet was known as Fiddlers Green because of the common area where local folks performed. Now it is named Fiddlers Green Park, the site of the Springville Fiddle Fest.
For more information, see Springville Fiddle Fest 2018 on Facebook, or visit www.springvillefiddlefest.wordpress.com.