It all started with a lone fiddler, Mr. Ivan Hicks years ago, and today attracts people from all over the world. Quite possibly the only event of its kind anywhere!
This event combines 2 time-honoured New Brunswick traditions: fiddling and canoeing. Imagine the beautiful sight and sound of a flotilla of canoes carrying almost 50 musicians down the Tobique River while they play old-time fiddle music.
The event begins Friday with a free pot luck supper and jam session at the Miller farm in Nictau.
On Saturday, there's a pancake breakfast put on by the men of Riley Brook at the Riley Brook Community Centre, followed by a tour of the Miller Canoe Shop in Nictau.
The river run, which is the most popular event of the weekend, begins in the afternoon in Nictau, at the Forks, The fiddlers start tuning up for the flotilla and depart the Forks for Riley Brook 10 km (6-mi.) away. There is a Supper that evening of baked ham, bean-hole beans, various salads fresh homemade rolls, coffee, and tea and cake and ice cream for dessert on the Miller farm in Nictau. Following that is another house concert filled by more jam sessions.
On the Sunday, there will be a program called Fiddlescapes where we discuss ideas on how to improve the Fiddles on the Tobique. There's also a week-long fiddle camp if you're up for more fiddling!