Those attending the 16th annual Hickory Fest will enjoy over 25 hours of a mix of bluegrass and acoustic music performed by 15 bands and soloists. The music began at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, and continues through 5 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 19, rain or shine.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and spend time relaxing, singing or dancing to the music coming from the stage at the Stony Fork Creek Campground at 658 Stony Fork Creek Rd. in Delmar Township, about 10 miles south of Wellsboro.
The festival grounds open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Aug. 19.
Performing from 10:30 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, Aug. 18 on the outdoor stage will be Grain at 10:30 a.m.; Micah Scott at 11:30 a.m.; Grass Stained Genes at 12:30 p.m.; Van Wagner at 1:30 p.m.; Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers at 2:30 p.m.; Big Sky at 3:30 p.m.; Fireside Collective at 4:30 p.m.; Dreyfoos School of the Arts Scholarship Presentation at 5:30 p.m.; Verlon Thompson at 6 p.m.; Dan Shipe & Friends at 7 p.m.; Songs from the Road Band at 8 p.m.; Grass is Dead at 9 p.m. and Donna The Buffalo at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 19, the Sue Cunningham Youth Fiddle Contest will begin with the preliminary round for youth in the five to nine, 10 to 14 and 15 to 18 age divisions at 9 a.m. in the workshop tent.
At 11 a.m., the top three in each age category will compete on the main outdoor stage. All contestants will receive a participatory ribbon. The first place fiddler in each age division will receive a $150 plus a $200 gift certificate from J. R. Judd Violins in Williamsport; second place, $100; and third place, $50.
Fiddle contestants can register in person during the festival anytime this Friday and Saturday. There is no fee to register for the contest but attendees who are 13 to 18 must purchase a festival day pass. Those 12 and under are admitted free.
The Sunday, Aug. 19 outdoor stage show will begin at noon and end at 5 p.m. with performances by Megan McGarry at 12 p.m.; Sue’s Brothers at 1 p.m.; Fireside Collective at 2 p.m.; Verlon Thompson & Big Sky at 3 p.m. and Grass is Dead & Friends at 4 p.m.
Proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit the Relay For Life Of Tioga County, the Sue Cunningham Memorial Music Scholarship at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida and the Sue Cunningham Music Scholarships at the Wellsboro middle and high schools.
Children 12 and under are admitted free to Hickory Fest. A three-day pass and Individual day passes will be available at the gate at Stony Fork Creek Campground beginning this Friday.
For information about camping, call Stony Fork Creek Campground at (570) 724-3096 or online at www.stonyforkcamp.com.