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A new activity in downtown Mount Airy is designed to connect families, and especially young people, with the art, history and culture of the area. The Fiddle Riddle activity will run through October.
A new activity in downtown Mount Airy is designed to connect families, and especially young people, with the art, history and culture of the area. The Fiddle Riddle activity will run through October.
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Summer is here, school is out and Mount Airy Downtown Inc. has announced a new, family friendly activity for local residents and visitors to enjoy. The Downtown Fiddle Riddle activity is intended to be a fun way to experience the downtown Mount Airy community with the whole family.


According to Main Street Coordinator Lizzie Morrison, each of the 12 fiddles from the First Annual Public Art Fiddle Crawl have their own riddle and question to be answered. The riddles were a collaborative effort between local author Laura Wharton and the Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Promotions Committee.


“The fiddle riddle activity is a wonderfully creative way to have fun with the whole family. This is also a cool approach to introduce public art to the community, especially to children,” said Morrison said. “We hope to teach children to take a closer look at art and our local cultural heritage. The riddles get people of all ages to stop and engage with the art in a fun way.”


The Fiddle Riddle Activity includes a riddle and a question for each of the fiddles. Participants can solve the riddles on the front of their activity sheet, and may design their own fiddle on the back of the sheet. Fiddle Riddle activity sheets can be turned back in to the Visitor’s Center and or mailed to Mount Airy Downtown Inc. at P.O. Box 535, Mount Airy, NC 27030. The entries will be featured on the downtown website and Facebook page.


Participants are encouraged to take their picture with the fiddles and ad the hash tag #downtownmountairy #fiddlecrawl to share their photos on social media. Morrison said voters can make sure their choice of favorite fiddle can be cast at any of the three voting stations located downtown at Old North State Winery, Mayberry Antique Mall, and the Visitor Center, paying $1 per vote..


Votes may also be mailed in to Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Voting proceeds will benefit local artists as well as small businesses within the Municipal Services District for downtown economic development projects.


Fiddle riddle activity sheets are available at the voting booth locations, downtown restaurants, and many downtown businesses. They can also be downloaded at www.mountairydowntown.org. The fiddle riddle activity will be available until October, when 9 of the 12 fiddles will be auctioned off at Old North State Winery on Oct. 24.


For more information on the Public Art Fiddle Crawl, persons may contact: Lizzie Morrison, Mount Airy Downtown Inc. 336.786.4511 or coordinator@mountairydowntown.org.

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