Old Fiddlers’ Picnic marks 85th year, Saturday

This year’s event will be held at Hibernia County Park

The Fiddlers' Picnic will feature the Old Fiddlers House Band.

The Fiddlers’ Picnic will feature the Old Fiddlers’ House Band.

On Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.mHibernia County Park will come alive as hundreds of musicians and music lovers gather to celebrate traditional music at the 85th annual Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic.

The rain date is Sunday, August 11 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking is $5 per car, but there is no admission fee. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Beginning at 9:15, groups and individuals may register to play on the main stage. Solo acts are allotted 10 minutes, and group acts are allotted up to 20 minutes.

At 10, the Old Fiddlers’ House Band will take center stage, leading into a continually changing slate of individuals and groups who will perform all day to entertain the crowd.

Attendees can stroll through the event grounds and listen to the blend of music heard amidst Fiddlers’ Field, visit the vendors featuring a variety of craft items and novelties, and grab lunch from the food vendors with menus ranging from BBQ to funnel cakes to smoothies. Hibernia Mansion will also be open for tours beginning at 1 p.m.

Guest are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Canopies are not permitted in the event field.

Known originally as the “Chester and Delaware Counties’ Old Fiddlers,'” was the idea of Mr. S. L. Anderson. The Picnic, coordinated by Christian Sanderson, began at Crystal Springs Park, outside Parkesburg and later moved to Lenape Park, south of West Chester. When Lenape Park closed in 1980, Chester County Parks & Recreation offered to sponsor the Picnic at Hibernia County Park.

Hibernia County Park is located in Wagontown, four miles north of Coatesville off the Route 82 exit of the Route 30 Bypass.  Call 610-383-3812 or visit www.chesco.org/ccparks for more information.

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