Fiddlefest cites construction, financial pressures for “taking this year off”

Roanoke’s annual Fiddlefest has cancelled this year’s festival just three weeks before it was set to begin. Fiddlefest started in 2003 and has become a summer staple on the Hollins University campus. But the festival’s home page now has a statement saying it is taking this year off, citing construction at the site and financial pressures. Fiddlefest says it is offering refunds, but here is what we heard when calling the number given to get one:

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In an e-mail to us, Festival Chairman Mike Conner says anyone seeking a refund can call his workplace at (540) 366-4616. Conner says Fiddlefest lost a lot of its traditional financial support in recent years, due in large part to reduced corporate ad budgets. Conner says they’ll regroup and Fiddlefest will “come back strong” next year.

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