Realty signs go up at Rollo Bay festival grounds
Family looking to sell Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival grounds.
The fiddle kingdom of Prince Edward Island is up for sale.
A sign hammered into the ground at the end of the lane indicates the famous Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival grounds — hosting the 39th festival this weekend — is up for grabs for the very first time.
“This is really quite a cultural centre for the entire province and it comes as a bit of surprise,” said Montague realtor Brad Oliver.
“I guess we can only hope someone takes it over . . . the family wants to sell it as a package.”
The package includes 60 acres, the stage and all the outbuildings in the amphitheatre-shaped property in Rollo Bay, a few miles west of Souris.
The festival has been a haven for fiddlers and music lovers for almost four decades and has been graced with some of the finest in the fiddlin’ world, from Howie MacDonald, Richard Wood and Natalie MacMaster.
The festival sprouted in 1976 when fiddle music was on the wane and original founder Joe Chaisson and family members hoped to revive the old-time music amongst the young people.
Over the past few decades the three-day festival has been propelled largely by fiddler Peter Chaisson along with an assortment of brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews.
It’s been a well-tuned musical mecca for the past 40 years, but as one family member said, that racks up a lot of mileage and older overseers are running out of gas.
“I contacted the province about it,’’ said Oliver.
“They may have an interest in the property.”
The acreage is listed for $350,000, roughly the same price as some of the luxurious motorhomes that filled the grounds only two weeks ago for the annual Bluegrass Festival.