By Deb Everts
The Springville Fiddler’s Green Country & Bluegrass Festival returns to the village Saturday, July 27 for music lovers from all over the region to enjoy a mix of music from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sponsored by the Concord Historical Society, the festival will feature 12 bands, clogging, jam sessions, music lessons, historic demonstrations, an antique car cruise-in, crafters and merchants, food, raffles and more.
There will be continuous music all day at a number of different venues including Fiddler’s Green Park, Heritage Park and Concord Mercantile General Store. For more musical entertainment, stop by the Jam Tent and The Trading Post.
Don’t miss the cloggers from the Western New York Clogging Association in action at historic Goddard Hall. The Springville Volunteer Fire Department will also be open for families to stop in.
Chairperson Debbie Hintz said many of the musicians/bands are local, but some are from Angola, Cattaraugus, Buffalo, Wilson and Williamsville.
So far, the musical lineup includes Buffalo Barn Katz, Blue Mule Band, Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble, City Fiddle, Creek Bend, The Hick Ups, Hintz of Thunder, The Mercantile Musicians, Niagara Frontier Fiddling Club, Rear View Ramblers, Sunset Bluegrass Band and Western New York Fiddle Kids.
The festival activities go beyond musical entertainment. A number of demonstrators will be onsite to show off their crafts including Star Spangled Banner Flag History, a Colonial encampment, Ducky Derby, wool spinning, spoon making, butter churning, blacksmithing, an 18th century encampment, lace making, calligraphy, flint and steel fire starting and flintlock gun building.
Be sure to check out the unique crafters and merchants located along the paved trail in Heritage Park. Weather permitting, Herbert Koch’s Radio Flyer will be just one of the amazing vehicles at the Heritage Park venue along with the 1940s fire truck.
No festival is complete without the food. Hungry people can grab a bite to eat at food vendors including Franklin’s Honey and Apple Stand, House of Munch, Jake & the Fatman BBQ, The Trading Post, Wendel’s Chicken BBQ and Coldstone Cruiser. If anyone prefers to eat downtown, they can dine at one of Springville Fiddle Fest’s featured local restaurants on historic Main Street.
Now in its eighth year, the festival started in 2012 by Joel and Jean Maul has grown beyond what they could imagine. Hintz said the festival has grown in the number of bands that play, the addition of an Antique Car Cruise-In, more food vendors, more demonstrators and in attendance.
“Preparations for the festival are going very well. We have a great committee working hard to bring the community an exciting festival,” she said. “We currently have 16 members on our committee. This is also a community effort as we utilize many volunteers to make the Fiddle Fest successful. Anyone interested in joining the committee or volunteering is welcome. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
According to the festival website, springvillefiddlefest.com, Springville has a long heritage in country music. Early settlers called the hamlet Fiddlers Green because of the entertainment on the Village Commons. In 1834, the Village was incorporated as Springville, but Fiddlers Green lives on and so does the music and entertainment.
“This event is an asset to the community, as far tourism and the economy,” Hintz said. “It brings visitors from outside the Springville/Concord area into our downtown, Main Street business area, and also to the South Cascade Drive businesses. Area businesses and organizations have the opportunity to participate in the Fiddle Fest and to showcase their business the day of the event.”
More details and a list of the many sponsors and donors can be found online at springvillefiddlefest.com. For additional information, call 592-4746 or email email@example.com.