By Joseph Pratt
Final Friday in Boneyfiddle has been ongoing since late spring, providing visual arts and crafts, as well as a full itinerary of musicians, for a summer of fun and true Appalachian culture.
The events began last year, under the direction of local entrepreneurs and artists Charlie Haskins and Gail Valentine. The two have stepped back this summer and allowed friend Robert Black to take over the planning.
The musical acts have shifted to showcase more regional talent, verses relying on Scioto County musicians, and has also incorporated a few other additions, including a monthly beautification award.
The event also has local businesses operating under extended hours so guests can explore and discover what Boneyfiddle offers. Various food outlets are present as well, keeping the guests fed so they can enjoy the evening.
The lineup for the upcoming performances includes Holly and the Guy, Micah Kesselring, Chasten Davis, Ryan Sprinkle, Sugarbeats, and Emily Kinner.
“We have a great lineup this week,” Black said. “As a matter of fact, I think this is one of our strongest lineups that we’ve had.”
Black said that attendance has been growing steadily with every performance and he hopes to have the largest this month.
“Because school is back in session, our goal is to really try and get 250 or so people there,” Black said. “Last month’s crowd had nearly half that.”
Black explained that he is starting the event earlier this month and ending it a little earlier to make the evening more family-oriented.
“I think this has become a perfect avenue to draw people into the Boneyfiddle area,” Black said. “It has also been something for people to look forward to every month.”
The performances last from 5 to 10:30 p.m. The stage is erected in a field north off Second Street, between Court and Market Streets. The field if often packed for a long evening of fun and entertainment, so guests are encouraged to bring a blanket for the kids and lawn chairs for comfort.
“As I often say, when I’m bragging on the area,” Black said, “I believe the talent pool up and down the river is deep.”
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