Thursday October 3, 2013
The glow from thousands of artistically-carved, illuminated pumpkins will light up a wooded walking trail in Iroquois Park when the huge, new Jack O’Lantern Spectacular event arrives Oct. 10, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
Fischer was joined at the entrance to the trail by some of the more than 40 local artists who designed the pumpkins – many of them massive, weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, which will soon be carved and lit for this first-time event for Louisville.
“This event will be one of the most unique and largest of its kind anywhere and it’s a huge boost to our tourism business and quality of life to bring it to Louisville,” Fischer said. “We think people will be delighted with the artistry of the pumpkins, the scale of the event and the beautiful setting at Iroquois Park.”
The Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular will take place nightly starting at dusk from Oct. 10 through Nov. 2. The trail is open 7 p.m. to midnight, staying open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $9 to $15, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit Kosair Charities and the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation.
Passion for Pumpkins, a multimedia company producing the event in conjunction with Louisville Metro Parks, promises that the Louisville show will be the biggest-ever in its 25-years of producing the event in the U.S. While the trail will feature more than 5,000 pumpkins at any given time, more than 15,000 will be used throughout the three-week run of the event as pumpkins are removed and replaced.
The wooded trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road) and weaves its way for a third of a mile through the trees with themed sections set to music. An “Around the World” theme will feature different ‘countries’ along the path, with carved, lit pumpkins representing the most famous sites, symbols, and historical figures associated with them. There is also a strong local theme with UofL, UK, Derby, Louisville Slugger and local celebrities featured. The pumpkins rotate on a weekly basis creating a different experience each weekend.
“This event will be a great addition to Louisville’s fall offerings for entertainment. We estimate 3,000 to 4,000 visitors to this attraction each day with more on the weekend. Many of these will come from around the region,” said Jim Wood, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Combined with events such as picking pumpkins and the Louisville Zoo’s ‘World’s Largest Halloween Party,’ this increases Louisville’s appeal as a fall getaway destination.”
Sunday – Thursday
Seniors (62+) $10
Children (3-12) $9
Friday - Saturday
Seniors (62+) $13
Children (3-12) $12
Individual tickets may be purchased daily, starting at 9 a.m., for use the same evening at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office or online at www.jackolanternlouisville.com.
Tickets for groups of 25 or more can be purchased in advance by calling 502-363-7766, or in person at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event is held rain or shine.
The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with Louisville Metro Parks to raise funds and resources to preserve, protect, promote and improve Louisville’s recreational opportunities, and supports the mission of Metro Parks by coordinating financial and volunteer assets. The Foundation’s purpose is to identify, and strengthen financial support for park improvements and environmental improvement strategies through corporate, civic and citizen participation. This is accomplished by in-kind and financial gifts through memberships, grants, corporate sponsorships, wills, memorials and other contributions as identified by the foundation.
Since 1923, Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given more than $335 million to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life.
Passion for Pumpkins Inc. is a multimedia production company with 25 years’ experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery. Begun as a small family run event used to raise funds for the Oxford School department in Massachusetts, the founders of Passion for Pumpkins and their partners have produced “pumpkin shows” in New England that have been attended by over a million patrons.
Since 1968, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (LCVB) primary goal has been to enhance the city and county’s economy through tourism development - to promote and sell Louisville as a destination for conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings and pleasure and business travel on a worldwide basis. The LCVB was one of the first Destination Marketing Organizations to become accredited in 2006, through the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, an independent, international standards program developed by the Washington, D.C. based Destination Marketing Association International. Lonely Planet Guidebooks recognized Louisville as its top U.S. travel destination for 2013.