4th Annual Fiddlin' Fest Between the Rivers - Event Details and Festival Preparations
By Amanda Carter
The 4th Annual Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers event transforms Downtown Rome into one giant street festival featuring bluegrass music and vintage fun. The 2019 Fiddlin’ Fest features the classical sounds of bluegrass music on two live music stages along with activities along every block of the festival this Saturday, October 12 from 12pm-8pm. Downtown residents, employees and customers should plan accordingly as Broad Street closes to traffic Saturday morning at 7am for set-up and will reopen by 10pm.
The street closures will take place in to 100, 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Broad Street, while 2nd Avenue will remain open. Parking is conveniently located all around the festival, including the 4th Ave and 3rd Ave parking decks, which will be free.
This event is free thanks to the generous support of the sponsors River City Bank, the Hampton Inn & Suites, and Downtown Rome businesses and property owners (BID).
There will be over ten different regional and local bluegrass bands recognized for their instrumental talent and musical energy, including performances from James Bryan and David Long and Midnight from Memphis. There will be two stages, the Cotton Block Stage in the 100 block and the 3rd & Broad Stage next to the new Lofts at 3rd & Broad, with music all day long. There will also be a tent with workshops and music in the 200 block, with artists such as Laney House and John Grimm.
Cars on Broad car show will feature cars from every decade including pre-1950, street rod, original, rat rod, trucks and more. The Armuchee Ruritan Club who is presenting the show will judge and offer “Best of” awards in several categories. There will be over 60 arts and crafts vendors set up in the vendor village located in the 100 block, offering an assortment of items such as quilts, tie-dye, pottery, door hangers, woodworking, and much more!
This year pony rides will be added, at $5 per ride, in the heart of the event in the 200 block. Pumpkins will be available for picking and painting. A number of nonprofits will also have tables set up in the event area, including Public Animal Welfare Services and the Coosa River Basin Initiative.
Downtown shops will feature sidewalk sales and restaurants will offer food and drinks for sale outside their businesses. Adult beverages purchased at restaurants may be brought into the event area with an armband. No outside coolers allowed.
Be sure to come shop, dine, and enjoy all that downtown has to offer during the 4th Annual Fiddlin’ Fest this Saturday, October 12th. Before the festival begins, visit the Between the Rivers Farmers Market located at Bridgepoint Plaza from 8am-11:30am.
For more information, please head to www.fiddlinfest.com or contact the Office of Downtown Development at 706.236.4520 or via at email firstname.lastname@example.org.