Fine fiddlin’ will fill the air when some of the Tri-State Area’s best musicians bring their talents to Howell Living History Farm on Saturday, Aug. 27, for a gathering reminiscent of an old-fashioned fiddlers’ convention.
During the contest, more than 40 fiddlers will compete for prizes and bragging rights before a panel of judges and appreciative listeners. The event is New Jersey’s longest-running fiddle contest, started in a high school gym in 1987 by the Hunterdon Folk Exchange. The contest soon outgrew the gym and moved to Howell Farm during the farm’s 1998 Corn Maze, when the Friends of Howell Farm created their annual fundraising maze around the image of a fiddle.
The program includes homemade food and ice cream, surrey rides, and a closing performance where all fiddlers convene on the farmhouse front lawn to play a set of traditional favorites.
Judging in adult and youth divisions begins at noon and concludes at 3 p.m. with other farm activities offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free.
Howell Living History Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530.