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By Alicia Dziak

Live music! Bargains! Prizes! Springville has it all this time of year.

The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2nd Annual Community Scavenger Hunt Challenge from Friday, July 22 at 8 a.m. through Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.

The scavenger hunt requires participants to travel to Springville and several surrounding towns, stopping at many businesses in between. You have 13 days (including two weekends) to complete the task. Participants will be assigned an entry number and a list of Chamber member businesses and must retrieve all items to be eligible to win an award.

Individuals, pairs, teams, and families are asked to register in person at the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 23 North Buffalo Street (Lucy Bensley Building) on Friday, July 22, from 10 am. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The deadline for completed packet returns is Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. The award ceremony will be held at the Shuttleworth Park Festival on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., where the Ducky Derby will take place and Dina’s food truck will be in attendance. For more info, contact Jennifer Weber at director@springvillechamber.com.

Did you know that from 1818 until about 1834, Springville was actually known as “Fiddler’s Green” due to many fiddlers playing almost nightly on the village green? As a tribute to this former nickname, the Concord Historical Society is sponsoring the Fiddler’s Green Country & Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Six bands will play six hours of continuous music from noon to 6 p.m. at both the Gazebo in Fiddler’s Green Park and on the porch of the 1890’s Historical Society general store, known as the Concord Mercantile.

On Saturday evening, there will also be a “Community Round and Square Dance” in the 114 year old Concord Town Hall. Admission to the dance is $4 per person. A craft show, Colonial encampment, a blacksmith demonstration, wood carving, butter churning, an open jam tent, music workshops, a day-long clogging workshop, clogging demonstrations at the evening dance, a food court and a chicken BBQ round out the event. For more info, contact Joel and Jean Maul at (716) 592-4766 or jmaul2@Juno.com.

On Thursday evenings through Aug. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Town of Concord and Village of Springville sponsor concerts in the Fiddlers Green Park at the corner of Buffalo Street and Franklin Street. (In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Concord Town Hall, 86 Franklin Street, Springville.) Upcoming concerts include Queen City Swing Big Band on July 28, Mercantile Musicians (Country, Gospel-Bluegrass) on Aug. 4, Low Blue Flame (Americana, Rock & Roll, Pop) on Aug. 11, Homemade Jam (Country, Oldies, Bluegrass) on Aug. 18 and The Road Runners (Oldies) on Aug. 25.

On Aug. 3, join friends old and new for a house concert by Rich Gilewitz. Gilewitz, who performed at the SCA a couple years ago, returns to WNY from Florida for one night only to perform for his local fans. The concert will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11554 Wyandale Road in Springville, with dinner from 5-7 p.m. and the concert following from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring your own coolers and chairs and enjoy a night of food and great entertainment. To RSVP or for more info, call Dave Brown at (716) 713-5298 or email dave@blackfeatheriron.com.

There’s no better place to be every Wednesday in the summer than Gentner’s Springville Auction. Peruse the vendors for your pick of in-season produce, flowers, antiques, gadgets and treats galore. For more info, visit gentnerspringvilleauction.com.

Need to cool off? Head to Springville Youth Inc.’s (SYI) public pool on South Buffalo Street. Open daily from 1 to 8 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for swim lessons). Admission is only $1. The tykes will love the free SYI Spray Park on Franklin Street, open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more info, call 289-6364.

Of course, you can always stroll along Main Street and grab a bite, peruse the shops or catch a movie. No matter how you spend your long summer days in Springville, you’re sure to have lots of fun.

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