SPRINGVILLE – Have you seen the newly painted fiddles on the sidewalks? The free family-friendly festival is back.
On Saturday, July 30, the Village of Springville will invite locals and visitors of all ages to the annual Springville Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival. This tenth anniversary Fiddle Fest features a variety of performers, demonstrations, vendors and other activities throughout the heart of Springville along Franklin Street.
“We want as many people as possible, especially local people, to take advantage of this,” festival organizer Dave Ploetz said. “We don’t want cost to be a factor or a concern or an excuse not to attend. I’m really proud that CHS does this. They’re contributing money, as well as volunteer hours … This year we’ve received a grant from Erie County and have several generous community sponsors and donors. That allows us to put this on, free of charge.”
Music begins at 11 a.m. at the Fiddler’s Green Park gazebo and bands will perform throughout the day at Fiddler’s Green Park, Heritage Park and Concord Mercantile. An evening concert will be held this year from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Heritage Park gazebo with SkyCats.
More interested in movement than music? Stop by the Concord Town Hall at 1 p.m. for an outdoor demonstration of Appalachian dance put on by the Western New York Clogging Association, the largest gathering of its kind in WNY. The group will also host clogging workshops inside the Town Hall at 86 Franklin from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 2-5 p.m.
Nature lovers will appreciate this year’s outdoor activities. Watch Andrew O’Connell perform a timbersports demonstration at 10 a.m. in Fiddler’s Green Park. Learn to tie a fly with Ryan Evans of Springville’s own Queen City Guiding. Then at 1 p.m., skaters, bikers and scooter riders are invited to show off their skills at the Skate Jam at the Springville Skate Park.
“One of our focuses and purposes of Fiddle Fest is to interest the youth – get them involved, get them participating in live music, expose them to different types of music. We have two youth bands this year,” and so many youth-focused activities and involvement.
Springville is not short on history, nor in its preservation, and volunteers love to show it off. All five buildings of the Concord Historical Society’s Museum Campus will offer tours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1800s reenactors will show what life was like 200 years ago in Springville, including a colonial militia encampment, wool spinning, lace making and even a professional blacksmith and farrier, or horseshoe maker.
“The festival attracts many out-of-town visitors,” Ploetz said. “The Concord Historical Society is here to make Springville a more attractive place to live, work and play.”
Rich Lockwood started Fiddle Fest in 2012 as part of Concord’s Bicentennial celebration. Before its official incorporation as “Springville” in 1834, the area’s first settler, Christopher Stone, built his house just north of the small natural green. As the story goes, “Stone reportedly rented a room to David LeRoy, a renowned fiddler who taught students that would fiddle around the park,” Joel Maul, a Concord Historical Society volunteer explained. Because of this, another early settler, David Stickney, dubbed the town “Fiddler’s Green.”
Car enthusiasts should be on the lookout for over 20 Model A’s and Model T’s caravanning down East Main Street around 11 a.m. This will kick off the antique car cruise-in, showcasing a variety of classic cars, around 100 cars in total.
In addition to the Wendel’s chicken barbeque fundraiser to benefit Boy Scouts Troop 524 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (purchase your discount presale tickets at Springville Hardware, Concord Mercantile, or by calling 716-592-5676, the area’s bars and restaurants will be open to the anticipated crowds. Also, many other street food vendors will be on hand, selling everything from hot dogs to salads to ice cream and yes, crickets!
Be sure to make it to Shuttleworth Park behind the Main Street stores by 6 p.m. for the Springville Chamber of Commerce’s Ducky Derby. Get in on the action and “buy” a racing duck to name, $5 each or three for $10, to benefit the Chamber. The top three finishers will receive cash prizes of up to $250.
Musical performances include:
Fiddler’s Green Park gazebo:
11 a.m. -12:15 p.m. – Hey Mavis (set one)
12:15-12:30 p.m. – Opening ceremony
12:30-2 p.m. – Hey Mavis (set two)
2-4 p.m. – Chillbillys
4:30-6 p.m. – Kody & Herren
Heritage Park gazebo:
11-11:45 a.m. – Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble
12:15-1:45 p.m. – Creek Bend
2:15-3:45 p.m. – Panfil Family
4:15-5:45 p.m. – South Buffalo Fresh Air Club
Concord Mercantile stage:
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Mercantile Musicians
1-2:30 p.m. – WNY Fiddle Kids
3-4:30 p.m. – The Hick Ups
5-6:30 p.m. – Hintz of Thunder
Evening Concert (at the Heritage Park gazebo):
6:30-9 p.m. – SkyCats
For more information on the Fiddle Fest, visit www.springvillefiddlefest.com.