It is this weekend! The 36rd Annual Fiddler Fest returns as one of the Town of Newburgh’s favorite events. The reason is three-fold. First, the event is just a lot of fun. Second, if you are a catfish fiddler fan, you will not find a better meal. Third, the Friends of Newburgh will donate all proceeds after expenses to the Newburgh area.

The Fiddler Fest is the fourth weekend in August at the Old Lock and Dam Park. It starts 5 p.m. on Friday night.

So who are the Friends of Newburgh? It is a group of

community minded people that love giving to organizations that are doing good things in and around the Town of Newburgh.

Some of the recipients of their donations have been Boy Scout Troop 305, Historic Newburgh, Inc. Lamppost Flower Basket project, Myrtle Ridge Cemetery, Food Pantry, Newburgh Senior Citizen’s Center, Old Dam Band, River City Clowns and Touch, Inc. They have contributed to the Town of Newburgh by donating to the parks, the police and the museum. They have given more than $37,000 to our community!

The fest will feature fiddler dinners, as well as filet dinners and sandwiches. All dinners will be $10 for adults. Senior and children meals will also be available. I can’t remember when they have had a price increase.

Friday night, the catfish fiddler fryers will fire up around 5 p.m. Last year, they bought all new grills! There is some serious grilling going on. This is when the beer garden will open for business, the vendors will set up their tents and the music will begin. Honey Vines will play from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday the festivities start at noon. Enjoy the beer garden and vendor booths all day and evening. Sweet Water Band will play from 6 to 9 p.m. They will serve catfish until 9 p.m. or until there is no more catfish, so get there early.

Last year, they made the executive decision to only do the festival Friday night and all day Saturday. If the weather doesn’t cooperate and they still have fish, they may continue on Sunday.

If you are not a fish eater, there will be a number of food booths for your dining pleasure, including Kiwanis Homemade Ice Cream. One of the hallmarks of the Fiddler Fest is the lawn of small businesses and nonprofit organizations that share what they do.

It is never too late to reserve space for your business or nonprofit. For the entire two day event, the cost is only $40 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For information, call Suzie Byers 812-490-4190.

The Friends of Newburgh plan this entire weekend with a very small core group of volunteers. However, to make things happen on Fiddler Fest weekend, it takes more than 50 volunteers. It is easy to volunteer. Go to Signup Genius so that you can pick a time and day that you are available. They need you and it is a guaranteed good time!

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