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Friday, August 12, 2016


Sue Cunningham was a classically trained 
violinist and the Florida State Fiddle 
Champion three times between 1991 
and 1994. The scholarship was created 
in her memory as she loved sharing her 
musical talent and teaching young people 
wherever she was.
WELLSBORO—On the outdoor stage at Hickory Fest 2016, 60 national, regional and local musicians will play 28 hours of bluegrass and acoustic music Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21 in tribute to Sue Cunningham at Stony Fork Creek Campground in Delmar Township, nine miles south of Wellsboro.
Matthew Barnes, a 16-year-old violinist at t
he Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm 
Beach, Florida is the first recipient of the 
Sue Cunningham Memorial Music Scholarship. 
He will attend Hickory Fest to accept the 
scholarship and play a violin solo.
Cunningham co-founded Hickory Fest in 2002 and produced it annually through 2014 before losing her battle with cancer on Sept. 3, 2015. She performed with most of the musicians who will be honoring her at the 14th Annual "Music in the Canyon."

Proceeds will be donated to the Sue Cunningham Memorial Music Scholarship and the American Cancer Society’s Tioga County chapter. At 5 p.m. Saturday, the first Cunningham scholarship will be presented to 16-year-old Matthew Barnes, a sophomore at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. He will then perform a violin solo.

The festival will open at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19. All three days, vendors will be on the grounds with food, clothing and jewelry. There will also be event T-shirts and limited edition "Hickory Fest bluegrass" mugs.

For the stage show on Aug. 19, Quartermoon will perform at 3 p.m. with Big Sky at 4 p.m., Short Straw Pickers at 5 p.m., Verlon Thompson at 6 p.m., Well Strung at 7 p.m., Hillbilly Gypsies at 8 p.m., the Claire Lynch Band at 9 p.m. and Driftwood at 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20, the stage show will begin at 10 a.m. with Megan McGarry performing with her father, Chris. The Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers will play at 11 a.m.; Blue Sky Mission Club at noon; Short Straw Pickers at 1 p.m.; Big Sky at 2 p.m.; Grain at 3 p.m.; Van Wagner at 4 p.m.; Quartermoon at 5:15 p.m.; Grass Stained Genes at 6:15 p.m.; Verlon Thompson at 7:15 p.m.; Dan Shipe Band at 8:15 p.m.; Billy Gillmore Band at 9:15 p.m. and Donna The Buffalo at 10:30 p.m.

Free Saturday workshops include: Noah Diehl, guitar at 11 a.m.; Verlon Thompson, songwriting at noon; Tom Cunningham and Megan McGarry, fiddle at 1 p.m.; and Billy Gilmore, banjo at 2 p.m.

The Kids’ Zone will offer free activities for youngsters from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be crafts and games, face painting and making masks, fairy wands, a scavenger hunt art project and musical instruments.

Sunday, Aug. 21, Open Mike entertainers will begin at 11 a.m. on the outdoor stage followed by performances by Megan McGarry at 12:30 p.m.; Sue’s Brothers, a band formed by Tom and Steve Cunningham in tribute to their sister with Tom playing Sue’s fiddle, Steve on bass, Bill Gilmore on banjo and mandolin and Eric Weingrad on guitar at 1:30 p.m. and the Dan Shipe Band at 2:30 p.m.

Those interested in performing at Open Mike are invited to register by calling 570-723-1004 or (941) 544-1740 or at the festival.

Purchase a festival weekend pass or daily tickets online at now through this Sunday, Aug. 14 or by calling the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro at 570-724-6220 or stopping in now through Wednesday, Aug. 17. Passes and tickets will be available at the gate Aug. 19-21. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

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