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Springville Fiddle Fest returns for eighth year

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This year, the Springville Country and Blue Grass Festival will feature 12 bands along with historic demonstrators, vendors, food trucks, clogging by the WNY Clogging Association and an expanded Antique Car Cruise-In.
As a family-friendly event, the festival hopes to extend its appeal to children and families by featuring new and interactive events for kids. The festival starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27 and runs to 6 p.m. on Franklin Street in Springville at Fiddlers Green Park, Heritage Park and the Concord Mercantile. Admission is free.
“We’re thrilled to have Creek Bend and City Fiddle return to our music line-up this year and welcome the Buffalo Barn Katz to kick things off in the Jam Tent,” said Event Chairperson Debbie Hintz. “With a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, we can offer 12 different bands at three different venues all free to the public.”
Hintz said she community support has been great, the Trading Post will be open and serving food and attendees won’t want to miss seeing the new exhibits in the Mercantile Building and the Concord Historical Museum.
“It’s an exciting afternoon with three music venues and lots to see and do,” she said. “We have food vendors located throughout the festival grounds and fine restaurants on Main Street.”
Car Cruise-in Coordinator, Warren Hashagen, shared the enthusiasm.
“The Dash Plaques have been designed and ordered and will be given to the first 25 vehicles to register,” he said. “If anyone wants to see a Big Red Wagon on wheels, we have invited this unique vehicle to be a part of the show along with a 1940s Fire Truck. Weather permitting both vehicles will be just a couple of the antique motor vehicles at the cruise-in.”
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.
The ever-popular Jam Tent will be located on Franklin Street next to the Trading Post. New for 2019 the Buffalo Barn Katz will be getting the jamming started, so be sure to bring your acoustic instrument to join in on the fun under the tent.
The music festival continues Springville’s musical history. Before the village was incorporated in 1834, the hamlet was known as Fiddlers Green because of the common area where local folks performed. Now, the green is named Fiddlers Green Park, the site of the Springville Fiddle Fest.
To volunteer, donate or become a sponsor, contact the Debbie Hintz at FiddleFest716@gmail.com or send a donation to Fiddler’s Green Country & Bluegrass Festival, c/o Concord Historical Society, 23 North Buffalo St., P.O. Box 425, Springville, NY 14141.
For more information see “Springville Fiddle Fest” on Facebook or visit https://springvillefiddlefest.com/.

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