Fiddle Fes­ti­val to re­turn for 35th year with new, lo­cal food op­tions

Fes­ti­val goes green, adds new, lo­cal food op­tions

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Rox­anne Richard­son Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val

It’s the end of Sty­ro­foam cups at the Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val and the be­gin­ning of a greener grass roots mu­sic fes­ti­val. There is an added bonus of be­ing able to take home a keep­sake cup.

The Fes­ti­val is on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is a $5 do­na­tion per per­son and chil­dren 12 and un­der are free. Park­ing is by do­na­tion and helps HOBOS (Help­ing Oth­ers Be­fore Our­selves) and the Lyons Fire Com­pany Truck Crew.

Get­ting rid of Sty­ro­foam cups was a de­ci­sion fa­vored by com­mit­tee mem­bers to find ways to leave a greener foot­print. Other eco-friendly changes will be the ad­di­tion of re­cy­cling bar­rels, and dis­con­tin­u­ing food tick­ets.

“We did this to be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly,” said Larry Ross, co-chair­per­son and stage man­ager.

Wait, no more food tick­ets? That’s right. No more wait­ing in line to get food tick­ets, which only end up in trash at the end of the day. The perk here is that there will be new foods from pop­u­lar food trucks. Yes, the Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val will be bring­ing in new food ven­dors. Now you can en­joy ice cream from Pop’s Malt Shoppe of Kutz­town, cof­fee and baked goods by The Sally Brei­degam Mik­siewicz Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion, break­fast, soups, and more by The Lyons Fire Com­pany, fries and baked pota­toes by Penn Werner Ho­tel of Wern­ersville, and fresh fruit cups by KAHS Field Hockey Team.

With so much plan­ning that goes into the Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val and ag­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, it was time to think of new ways to stream­line the food process and be en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious. The de­ci­sion to bring in more food ven­dors gives fes­ti­val at­ten­dees a va­ri­ety of fa­vored foods with the added ben­e­fit of no more stand­ing in lines for tick­ets and then again at the food stands.

The move to­wards greener grass is only topped by the great en­ter­tain­ment lined up for this year’s fes­ti­val in­clud­ing Berks County Sa­cred Harp Shape Note Singing, The Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val House Band, Un­cle Jake and the 18 Wheel Gang, Beatrice Fer­reira and Band (Beatrice is a three-time grand cham­pion of the LFF and cur­rently works as a Mon­treal-based com­poser and vi­o­list), Bill Jester Duo, and The Buf­falo Moun­tain Blue­grass Band.

It’s a full day of mu­sic in­clud­ing on-stage fiddle com­pe­ti­tion, jam­ming in the park, open­ing cer­e­monies, and Fid­dle­ma­nia, as well as crafters.

Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val in Lyons on Sept. 16 is a full day of mu­sic in­clud­ing on-stage fiddle com­pe­ti­tion, jam­ming in the park and Fid­dle­ma­nia.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS BY CHRIS­TINE CLAYTOR

Lyons Fiddle Fes­ti­val will be held in Lyons on Sept. 16. Sub­mit­ted photo by Chris­tine Claytor

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