CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Sept. 20, 2000
30th annual Fiddler's Picnic is Sunday, Oct. 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The largest and oldest folk festival in the area is scheduled
for Sunday, Oct. 1. The 30th annual Fiddler's Picnic will be from noon to
6 p.m. at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds one mile south of Iowa City on
Old U.S. 218. Admission is $5 but children under age 12 will be admitted free.
The Fiddler's Picnic is a one-day festival of traditional music, featuring
old-time fiddlers, other folk instrumentalists and singers from Iowa and surrounding
states. There will also be an open stage for those fiddlers, old-time bands
and other traditional groups that would like to perform. In addition, there
are musicians jamming in small groups that spontaneously form around the fairgrounds.
Strolling from group to group, casually sampling the music is a favorite diversion
for musicians and non-musicians alike.
The Fiddler's Picnic began 29 years ago as a large, dedicatedly informal
gathering of musicians, their families and friends at a Johnson County farm.
Masters of local tradition teamed up with novices, grandparents with grandchildren,
neighbors with out-of-towners, all keeping the old tunes alive. They aimed
only to sing, strum, or bow a bit of their stuff, to entertain anyone who
cared to listen, and to have fun.
"Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic lunch and eat on the bleachers
or on the spacious hillside above the stage," says Dennis Roseman, a
member of the University of Iowa Friends of Old-Time Music, the non-profit
group that sponsors the event. "We hope that many people will come and
enjoy the music with us. Bring your instruments if you have them and join
in the fun."
Although the Friends of Old-Time Music is affiliated with the UI, it is
financially self-supporting, with no direct contribution of UI funds. Proceeds
of the picnic provide funds to bring traditional music to the public.
Refreshments will be sold. Water and restrooms are available on the grounds.
There is also a rain location on the Fairgrounds.
For further information contact: Dennis Roseman, department of mathematics,
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; home phone: (319) 337-4952; work
phone: (319) 335-0779; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org