By Kellen M. Quigley
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 a dozen bands, clogging, jam sessions, music lessons, historic demonstrations, an antique car cruise-in, crafters and merchants, food, raffles and more.
A special presentation is happening this year at 1:30 p.m. when the Spirit of Spring Brook, a kinetic wind sculpture by local artist Tim Hare, will be officially presented to the residents of Springville at Heritage Park.
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.
Chairperson Debbie Hintz said many of the musicians/bands are local, but some are from Angola, Cattaraugus, Buffalo, Wilson and Williamsville.
“There will be a banjo raffle and another raffle for 20 different items from local vendors and supporters of the Fiddle Fest,” she said.
Don’t miss the cloggers from the Western New York Clogging Association in action at historic Goddard Hall.
“They’re going to have their workshops, but they’re also doing a special one in the afternoon for anyone from the public who would like to come in and try it,” Hintz said. “They love to be able to come out here to the Goddard town hall because of the wooden floor. … It’s one of their highlights of the year.”
For a little bit of history, Hintz suggested stopping by the post office to see a painting on the wall from the WPA era that Fiddle Fest uses on its posters and flyers.
The Springville Center for the Arts will be joining the fun this year. Earlier in the week, the SCA has been out placing fiddles with a stencil on some of the sidewalk blocks.
The Springville Volunteer Fire Company will also be open for families to stop in and have an antique firetruck parked out front.
“They had not been open in the past for this event, so they’ve been able to make some great connections and get more of the community involved,” Hintz said.
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.
“It’s driveable. (Koch) drives it right down the road, but it looks just like a regular Flyer wagon,” Hintz said. “
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.
“The committee has done a great job,” Hintz said. She said without the support from the community, vendors, musicians and sponsors, the event wouldn’t be possible.
“It’s wonderful for the community because we need to keep the organizations working togther and keep the community coming out, seeing each other and supporting each other as a community, celebrating each other’s talents,” she said. “It’s been a great system of support and just one more reminder of community.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.