Celebrate Bygone American Traditions at Cane Boil & FiddleFest on Nov. 24


Enrich your Thanksgiving holidays with merriment among the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center at the annual Cane Boil & FiddleFest!

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 Morningside’s 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 our 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 festival is presented admission-free by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Friends of Nature Parks on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest portion of the Cane Boil is for musicians 18-years-old and younger who may enter in one of three age group divisions:

  • Sprouts Division (beginner to nine years-old)
  • Seedlings Division (10-13 years-old)
  • Saplings Division (advanced or age 14-18)

Contestants may download the registration form at between now and Wednesday, Nov. 22, or register on-site the morning of Nov. 24 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Pre-registered contestants should also check-in during this time. The contest starts at 10 a.m., concluding with judging and presentation of prizes, awarded to first, second, third place winners and runners-up in each of the three divisions. Traditional music played by talented, local musicians will follow all afternoon. For registration and complete rules, and more information about judging and prizes, download the registration form online at or call 352-393-8240.

Plan to round out your holiday weekend with a relaxing and enjoyable day at Cane Boil & FiddleFest! Morningside Nature Center is located at 3540 E. University Ave., approximately three miles east of downtown Gainesville. For event information please call 352-393-8240.

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