Bring your instruments the 3rd Sunday of each September for the biggest and best music festival and open jam session in Berks County, Pennsylvania for Live Music, Food Vendors, Music Vendors, Craft Vendors, Festival Souvenirs, Raffles, our Annual Fiddle Contest, Jam Sessions and other great family fun!
When & Where
The 36th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival is unfortunately canceled. We look forward to seeing you next year!
Admission is a $5.00 donation. Free admission for children 12 and under. Donations for parking are greatly appreciated. Donations for parking benefit the Kutztown Hobos: Helping Others Before Ourselves and the Lyons Fire Company truck crew.
Our 2020 Top Sponsors:
AN AMERICANA FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & ART
In its 36 years, it is estimated that over 175,000 spectators have set up their folding chairs and blankets in the park for entertainment by over 800 contestants and an untold number of jammers. Contestants have even continued on with successful careers in music. We look forward to seeing you there!
BECOME A SPONSOR
Traditionally 2500 to 3000 people from up and down the east coast come to participate in the Lyons Fiddle Festival. This volunteer community event provides many spectators with enjoyment in varied forms beyond music. Fellowship, home cooked food, fun and enjoying it all in a beautiful park built by volunteers. This low cost, family-oriented event is a celebration of American Folklore at it’s best.
The support from organizations and companies like yours allows the Lyons Park Committee to hold community events and maintain the Borough of Lyons Park throughout the year.
ABOUT LYONS FIDDLE FEST
The Lyons Fiddle Festival is a not-for-profit organization, under the Lyons Park and Recreation Board, run totally with the help of volunteers. Profits from the Festival benefit community activities and help to maintain the Lyons Community Park for children.
“The violin sings and the fiddle dances, but the most beautiful song is the music of what we accomplish together.”
Come join us at the Lyons Fiddle Fest!
2020 Lyons Fiddle Fest Entertainment Schedule
All Bands and Artists are subject to change.
Our wonderful Crafter area is open all day long !
Great Food all day Long !
including Breakfast, Baked Goods, and Ice Cream.
All Day Long
Impromptu Jam Circles
Stage Time: 9:00 am ( 30 Mins)
A non-Denominational service with Americana/bluegrass gospel singing.
Stage Time: 9:30 a ( 30 Mins)
Bio: Russ is an award winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing original music on multiple stringed instruments steeped in the Appalachian tradition. He has recorded six albums and one of his songs was featured on NPR’s Cartalk. He regularly performs with folk legend, John Gorka and has played every festival in the Lehigh Valley including Musikfest, Mayfair, Das Awksfescht, and Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse. He recently won first and second place in the Deep South Dulcimer Contest for mountain and hammered dulcimer.and also won the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest in Washington, DC for his hammered dulcimer instrumental. SingOut magazine called him a “gifted songwriter and fine musician.
Stage Time: 10:00 am ( 60 Mins)
The Hex Highway Rangers
Bio: Dave Kline & The Hex Highway Rangers is a traditional American singing cowboy band with an emphasis on traditional fiddling, cowboy-style acoustic instrument and vocal arrangements and folkloric story-telling as it relates to the stories in the songs. Formed by award-winning bandleader, singer-songwriter, entertainer and radio/TV/Internet show host and producer Dave Kline in 2017, The Hex Highway Rangers opened Grand Ole Oley stars Riders in the Sky. The band’s show, “The Magic & Myth of the American Singing Cowboy”, created by Dave Kline, has performed to sold-our audiences in theater concert settings. For the 2020 Lyons Fiddle Festival, the band will appear as a trio and will include Ranger Dave Kline on guitar and vocals, Ranger Ken Gehret on fiddle and vocals, and Ranger Dave “Rooibos Red” Lewis on upright bass and vocals.
Stage Time: 11:00 am ( 60 Mins)
Bio: Serene Green is the collective musical vision of Pennsylvania natives Quentin Fisher; mandolin, Michael Johnson; guitar, Shane McGeehan; bass, and Steve Leonard; banjo. As a band, Serene Green's goal is to produce music which highlights original compositions and individual style, within the framework of traditional bluegrass.
Since early 2017, Serene Green recorded and released two studio albums, To Whom It Pertains (2017) and Have at It (2019, Patuxent Music) and performed at hundreds of music venues and festivals in over fifteen states.
Stage Time: 12:00 Noon ( 60 Mins)
Travis Wetzel Trio
Bio: Travis Wetzel is a dynamic musician, song writer, and vocalist. His music has many folds including bluegrass, jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer, Native American, gospel, country, and classical. He is lead fiddler/violinist on countless recording projects ranging from country to rock. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Bill Harrell, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Mac Wiseman, Jimmey Fortune, John Schneider, and David Frizzell. Jazz legend Stephane Grappelli invited Travis to perform the Rogers and Hart classic Where or When at Kutzstown University with him.
Stage Time: 1:00 Pm ( 30 Mins)
A time to honor our Tradition, our Country and our Vets!
Stage Time: 1:30 Pm (continues until all contestants have competed)
Fiddle Competition Class 1
Age group 12 and under
Stage Time: Approximately 2:15 pm (30 Min’s)
Bio: Maggie Spike Singer-Songwriters Bio 2019 Maggie Spike, Peggy and Eric Gernerd, are a husband and wife singer-songwriter duo from Oley, PA. Known for their “mixed bag” of folk originals, they are not an easy band to label. Both Peggy & Eric’s songwriting styles combine folk/rock, jazz, acoustic pop, Celtic, Americana, and world rhythms. Their music takes you to a place where melody, rhythm, harmony and insightful lyrics create a sound that is easily accessible and entertaining. They perform throughout the regional area and have been featured at varying venues that include: festivals, cafes, restaurants, coffee houses, wineries, brew pubs and house concerts. This year the duo will release their new CD entitled, “Dark Harbour”. Previous CDs include “Passenger Station” and “Sol Paradise”.
Stage Time: Approximately 2:45 Pm (continues until all contestants have competed)
Fiddle Competition Class 2
Age group 12 through 17
Stage Time: Approximately 3:45 pm (30 Min’s)
Bio: Dr. Witzelsucht ia a Pa. Durch comedian, like Professor Schnitzel, in formal atture, with humor and music. He has appeared many times at the Kutztown Folk Festival,the Berks County Fersammling, the Berks County Hertitage festival, the Shartlesville Anniversary Festival, Groundhog Lodge #1, the PennMArt Festival at the Allentown Fairground and on BCTV in Reading. Presentations ca be in PA.
Dutch, Eniglish, or a mixture
Stage Time: Approximately 4:15 Pm (continues until all contestants have competed)
Fiddle Competition Class 3
Age group 18 and above
Stage Time: Approximately 5:00 Pm
All fiddlers are welcome on stage to play a song or two chosen by The House Band!
Stage Time: Approximately 5:15 Pm
Our fiddle competition champions and Grand Champion are announced!
Stage Time: Approximately 5:30 Pm
Swing Low Finale Jam
All fiddlers are welcome on stage to play our traditional closing song!
Set up your picnic chair or spread a blanket to sit on in the sun or shade and enjoy the beautiful music and park surroundings.
Contestant Registration Form
Click for a printable version of the 2020 Contestant Registration Form, or sign up below:
The open competition age groups are: Group 1: up to and including the age of 12, Group 2: ages 13 up to and including age 17. Group 3: age 18 and over. The contest will start at approximately 1:15 pm with Group 1 with a 30 minute break between each group.
Rules: Time limit for both songs is 6 minutes. Playing of the “Orange Blossom Special” is NOT allowed. Backup musicians can be used (We can provide if available or you may provide your own, the limit is two with no other fiddles and no percussion, the Contestant must play the melody), sheet music is not allowed, no electronic instruments are allowed during the contest, The contestant may announce the tunes, but no other talking is permitted, including your name! Contestants are required to present for the award announcements!
Fiddle Off: If the scoring is very close the judges may ask for a Fiddle Off for the Grand Champion. It is suggested that a 3rd tune be planned.
Previous Raffle Winners
Winner of the Martin Guitar raffle is Denise Meck
Winner of the hand-crafted Quilt is Karen Stone