28th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 6 - 10, 2019         


2018 information

2019 Festival T-shirt     Past Festival Shirts      Vendors

Menu     Raffle      Visitor's Info

2019 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-Shirt


Past Festival T-Shirts


2018 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-Shirt


2017 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-Shirt

This design was developed by Dorothy Buchanan who have been involved
with this festival all 26 years.  We used this design in the early years and thanks to Joyce Harrison and Jill Nichols it's been updated for this year.  We'll continue to use the 'DULCFLY' as one of our festival logos. 

Past Festival T-shirts - Designed by Jan Hammond

2016 Festival T-Shirt


Jan's design is a celebration of BDF's 25 years featuring ALL the instruments.

2015 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-shirt/Sweatshirt Design


2015 T-Shirt/Sweatshirt featured another of
Jan Hammond's wonderful designs. 



FYI ... 2014 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-SHIRT & SWEATSHIRT
Just checked our supplies ... none left ... darn (2/28/15)


The design for the 2014 BDF shirt is simple, with a simple message.
"Get into the music" ...
 and it will get into you.

While many feel music comes from a place deep in the soul, learning good mechanics doesn't hurt either.

Let's join together to "get into" this simply beautiful music while supporting
Recreation Unlimited at the same time.

~ Jan Hammond








Confirmed vendors for BDF 2018:
Updated:  March 3, 2018

Dulcimer Bag Lady
Steve Binkley and Lee Felt:  This year, Lee's daughter, Toni, and son-in-law, Steve Binkley will return to continue to meeting
past customers of Lee and Doug Felt and getting acquainted with new ones.

Winsome Expressions
Handmade shirts, accessories, and much more
(Marge Diamond)

Cloud Nine Hammered Dulcimers
Hand-crafted hammered dulcimers and marimbulas
(Michael Allen:   This year, Michael will be donating one of his beautiful marimbulas for the raffle. THANKS!!!)

Prussia Valley Dulcimers
We are so glad to see that Gary & Toni Sager will return to BDF this year with a wonderful selection
of mountain dulcimers, accessories, and more.  

Ron Ewing Mountain Dulcimers
Hand-crafted mountain dulcimers
(Ron Ewing)

Strings & Things
Handcrafted Mountain Dulcimers
(C. Ernie Goodwin)

Whippoorwill Acoustics
Custom Handcrafted Autoharps
(Ken & Pam Ellis)



Look for a few changes in the menu after January 1, 2019

2018:   The Menu for 2018 is posted below or can be downloaded and printed as a PDF.   
When registering, there is a place to include special diet needs. 
Please give us as complete an idea as possible as to how we can accommodate them.
You'll notice that Recreation Unlimited offers gluten-free and vegetarian items. 
Friday's menu includes meatless options.
We just need to have an idea in advance of numbers of participants for each area.

Menu considerations (meatless) have been made for Wednesday and Friday
along with the normal vegetarian options.  

We continue to work with RU each year with special diet considerations such as diabetic,
gluten free, and vegetarian options.  RU can not accommodate Kosher or vegan options.

Please note these considerations on the registration form or email us.

Menu - 2018 as a PDF to print.

MENU for 2018   



Each year, instructors, vendors, and participants donate items to the Buckeye Raffle.   It's a wonderful raffle and a great way to bring the festival to a close.  
Over the years, the scope of items donated has been phenomenal ... Cds, tablature books, vendor items including music stands and capos, photography,
music-related tote and hammer bags, AND Instruments...Yes, INSTRUMENTS.  

The tradition of raffling a hammered dulcimer started with the first festival (actually several years before) by Joe Wojciechowski, a popular Michigan builder.  
Joe met Bob & Louise Ziegler before Buckeye started when a small community apple butter festival took place at Recreation Unlimited and brought
one of his 'novice' hammered dulcimers for a raffle.  Louise started the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival in 1991 and  Joe continued his 
participation and donation of an instrument.   As the festival has continued, other builders joined Joe's cause.  
Over the years, Paul Conrad and Gary Sager have donated mountain dulcimers and in 2014-5 Michael Allen started donating a hammered dulcimer.   
This year, Michael Allen is donating a marimbula to the raffle.     What a Gift!  

Several years ago, Joe passed away.  Since then, several of his previously donated instruments have returned to the raffle as a result of
past 'winners'  passing the beginner instrument back to the raffle for the budding player to take home.  
Continuing the 'passing on' tradition, other used instruments... banjo/dulcimer, psaltries, and more have been donated. 


We've had requests regarding 'visiting' on Saturday and being able to shop with the vendors.  

Visitors are welcome in the Dining Hall (where the vendors are located) anytime from 9am to 4pm.  
When checking in at the registration table, you'll need to fill out our festival release form and RU's release form.

                                                    Cost:  $10           Lunch (extra)

After 4 pm, folks coming to visit vendors, stay for dinner and the evening concert begin arriving.   When checking in at the registration table, you'll need to fill out our festival release form and RU's release form.    Cost: $20




Friday Night:  
Country Strings ~ Allison Miller  <Break>  Jody Marshall ~ Aaron O'Rourke

Saturday Night:  
Chris & Joe Steiner ~ Pam Bowman <Break> Mark Wade ~ Linda Brockinton ~ Buckeye Band  (Lodge)

 Concert Time:  7:00 pm (Doors open 6:30)

Adult Admission - $10
       *Children 12 and under - FREE with paying adult per child

Open to the Public!


Come to the 
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival ... learn from some of the best instructors in the country,
play lots of music, make life-long friends, and ... have a great time!   


Last updated:  October 28, 2018

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