Lanchester Fiddlers' Picnic in West Sadsbury

Musicians gather during the inaugural Lanchester Fiddler's Picnic in 2012. This year's event will no longer be held due to declining attendance and increased costs.

West Sadsbury supervisors announced during their June 11 meeting the township has discontinued the annual Lanchester Fiddlers’ Picnic in this Chester County municipality.

The event will no longer be held due to declining attendance and increased costs, the township noted in its current newsletter.

The picnic was started in 2012 and ran for seven years. It was held in mid-August at the township’s Landis Woodland Preserve at 610 Zion Hill Road. The canceled event was sponsored entirely by the township, which charged a $5 parking fee. Nonprofit community organizations operated food stands.

The event featured bluegrass and old-time music as well as country and folk. Some stage performances were scheduled in advance such as the Cab Calloway School of the Arts from Wilmington, Delaware, which started the day each year with student musicians. There was an open stage time and impromptu jam sessions scattered throughout the woods.

In lieu of the Lanchester Fiddlers’ Picnic, the township is planning a summer concert in August at West Sadsbury Park, next to the township building at 6400 N. Moscow Road, Parkesburg.

In other business, supervisors said the township Planning Commission is reviewing zoning requirements that are preventing residents from having horses on smaller lots in residential zoned areas. The Amish community has been requesting changes that would allow them to keep horses necessary for transportation in residential areas.

Also during the meeting, the board appointed Art Wright to the Planning Commission. He fills a vacancy that has been open for more than a year.

The board also authorized advertising for a new roadmaster and a new administrative assistant following the resignations of Joe Prekup and Kathy Prekup, respectively, at the May 14 township meeting.

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