Jam sessions at Lyons Fiddle Festival

Musicians gathered in groups to play music throughout the park in Jam Sessions during the Lyons Fiddle Festival last year. Organizers announced that the 2020 festival has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

The Lyons Fiddle Festival scheduled for September has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19, organizers announced Wednesday, July 8.

“We waited as long as we could to make a Go/No Go call on the Fiddle Fest,” event officials said in a press release. “It simply does not appear that things will ‘clear up’ enough that we feel comfortable having the event.”

The decision came after lengthy discussions, officials said.

They have already reached out to the scheduled stage artists and most or all of them will be available for the 2021 Lyons Fiddle Fest on Sept. 19, 2021, they said.

Over the next week they plan to reach out to sponsors, vendors and crafters.

The event is billed as the biggest and best music festival and open jam session in Berks County, and this year would have marked its 37th straight year.

In its first 36 years, it is estimated more than 175,000 spectators have been entertained by more than 800 contestants and an untold number of jammers, officials said.

Proceeds from the volunteer event support Lyons Park.

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