Celebrate Bygone American Traditions at the Cane Boil & FiddleFest


Enrich your Thanksgiving holiday with merriment among the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center at the annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest! The festival is presented at no charge by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Friends of Nature Parks Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Cane Boil & FiddleFest continues the age-old traditions of celebrating the fall harvest and live home-spun music. Be transported to bygone days by the rustic setting of our Living History Farm. Hear the enchanting sounds of the youth fiddle contest as they twine through the pines and across the meadow to the kettle where sugar cane juice is boiling down into our yearly supply of sweet, rich cane syrup. Other old-timey musicians will join in the melodies all day as visitors watch demonstrations of historic skills, shop vendor’s wares and join in traditional games and crafts. Don’t forget to visit the log cabin, and talk to our historic interpreters as they go about a day in the life of 1870.

The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest is a great showcase of young musical talent. The contest is open to youth 18 and younger with cash prizes awarded to first, second and third place winners in each division. This year, the divisions are Sprouts (beginners eight years and younger), Seedlings (nine to 13 years) and Saplings (14 to 18 years or advanced players).

For registration, complete rules and more information about judging and prizes, please visit

Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., approximately three miles east of downtown Gainesville. For event information please call 352-334-3326.

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Linda Demetropoulos, nature operations manager, at 352-393-8445 or