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FIDDLIN ON THE FARM – HOWELL LIVING FARM
August 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmfree
Fiddlin’ on the Farm – Admission to the contest and parking are free. The farm opens to the public at 10am, and the contest will begin at noon. Carriage rides and lunch fare will be available for sale.
The Hunterdon Folk Exchange will join with the Friends of Howell Living History Farm to present their 28th annual fiddle contest at the farm. The Folk Exchange Fiddle Contest is the largest and longest running traditional fiddle contest in New Jersey, and annually draws some of the best fiddlers from throughout the tri-state region.
Howell Living History Farm, a 19th century farmstead nestled in a lush valley, is the ideal setting for an old time traditional fiddle contest. The farm is maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission using farming practices and technology in existence at the turn of the (last) century. The music of the fiddle finds a natural home here, having been the favorite instrument at rural dances and social gatherings through much of our nation’s early history.
The Friends of Howell Living History Farm is a volunteer organization that exists to support and promote the farm and its programs. The Hunterdon Folk Exchange is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote traditional folk music in the west-central Jersey area.
Fiddlers will be competing for cash prizes. Each fiddler will perform two old-time tunes of varying tempos, and may use up to two accompanists. Also performing at the contest will be the Jugtown Mountain String Band, a traditional old-time acoustic country string band.