2024 is a big year for both Spiedie Fest and 98.1 The Hawk which is why we're especially excited to share some big news with you.

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In 2024, not only does Spiedie Fest celebrate its 40th anniversary, but 98.1 The Hawk is also celebrating - 40 years of playing the best in country music for the Southern Tier!

In celebration of our joint 40th milestones, Spiedie Fest asked that we share with you who will be headlining the Sunday, August 4th show at Otsiningo Park.

The Sunday, August 4th artist is currently on tour with Luke Combs and Jordan Davis and is playing sold-out stadiums across the United States. With just three weeks since his last chart-topper, his song "Truth About You" made chart history, and he recently surpassed the significant milestone of 1.5 billion global streams.

With his platinum-certified single “Drunk Me” and his latest album release “This Is The Heavy,” this artist has set high standards for success in the country music world. His music connects with fans from all over the world, and his relatable lyrics, including the popular song "We Got History," make him stand out as an artist.

The day before he takes the stage at Spiedie Fest, this artist will perform at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, in front of over 60,000 fans.

The artist? None other than the insanely talented Mitchell Tenpenny!

Spiedie Fest concert-goers can enjoy Mitchell's show for only $30, which includes admission to the festival, a fraction of the cost at other concert venues where tickets can reach up to $150. Tickets will be available for purchase at Mirabito locations and through Ticketmaster starting on Wednesday, May 22nd.

The Spiedie Fest team promises more exciting announcements to come regarding other entertainment events and concerts to celebrate their 40th anniversary. This year will be extra special, and Mitchell Tenpenny's performance will be a highlight the Southern Tier won't want to miss!

The Spiedie Fest's Most Memorable Guests

The Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally; arguably Binghamton’s most cherished event. Every year, Binghamton locals, spiedie lovers, and hot-air balloon enthusiasts alike wait patiently for Binghamton, New York’s annual festival to roll around.  

The Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally is an annual three-day festival in Binghamton, New York celebrating the local community and its immersive culture; including the infamous spiedie sandwich and an array of hot air balloons; a sight common to locals.  

The Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally attracts over 100,000 people, including some popular celebrity faces and performers. 

Check it out! Here are 10 of the most memorable Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally guests: 

Gallery Credit: Olivia Sturgell

Best Reactions To People Finding Out That Spiedies Exist

The Twitter account "Regional American Food" recently featured the Southern Tier's humble spiedie, exposing its 87K+ followers to the delicious treat. Here are some of the best reactions to people finding out what they are.

Gallery Credit: David Hermanovitch