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LLP Youth Fiddle Contest @ the Cane Boil

fiddle poster pictureThe Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest will take place at Morningside Nature Center during the Cane Boil which is held every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 28th this year). These two events bring together the traditions of giving thanks and fall harvest with a music tradition that has been so influential throughout the South. Bring your out-of-town guests, local relatives, friends, and family for a taste -- literally! -- of old-time Florida (ca. 1870) as the sugar cane boils into syrup and the fiddlers play their foot-tapping, hand-clapping best for the judges. Lots to see and do from 9:00 - 4:00 at 3540 East University Ave. Yeehaw -- see you there!

The Fiddle Contest begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude around 12 noon.  Admission for Adults over 12 years old  is $3, Kids 3-12 years old is $2 and children under 3 years old are free! Admission is waived for the contestants, contestants’ immediate family and one accompanist.

Three ways to register:  Use the form below to register on-line (quick, easy, secure & saves trees!); register in person at the event between 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; or click the link at the bottom of the page to print a mail-in registration form.

This year's contest will feature three divisions each with cash prizes and ribbons for first, second and third place:

  • Sprouts (Beginners 7 or younger)
  • Seedlings (8 to 12 years old)
  • Saplings (Advanced players or those 13 to 18 years old).

Please read the Rules & Policies and Judging Criteria before registering. Thanks!

Register Here to Enter the Contest

To register a fiddler, fill in your information then click the Register button. 



Click here to print a mail-in registration form.

Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks

Wildflower-walksFB-square-imageParticipants will enjoy the spectacular fall wildflower bloom in the piney woods of Morningside Nature Center during a guided walk. The Jean Dorney memorial wildflower walks are free and take place every Saturday in October and start at 9 a.m. at Morningside Nature Center, from the education building. On October 10, the walk will start at 11:30 from the pavilion in the picnic area, as part of the Fall Native Plant Sale. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring water and field guides you would like to use. These walks are courtesy of a grant from the Friends of Nature Parks in honor of charter member Jean Dorney. 

Jean, a Texas native, moved her family to Gainesville in 1972. She quickly became involved with the Alachua Audubon Society and was a founding member of Friends of Nature Parks. Through the years, Jean was an active advocate of adult education programs at the nature parks and participated in many wildflower walks and natural history classes. Take a WALK on the WILDflower side with us!