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Metro Parks Newsroom

Ninth Annual Forest Fest – Saturday, May 18 at Jefferson Memorial Forest

Friday May 10, 2013

A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, craft vendors and youth activities in a scenic environment awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s ninth annual ForestFest on Saturday, May 18.

Forest Fest is known for providing a great variety of bluegrass music and this year’s event is no different. Four bands will perform live music, beginning at 11 a.m, in the forest’s Horine Section, 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road. Chatham County Line, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, and Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will serve as the opening acts for the Boston-based Della Mae.

The event is free, but parking is $10 per carload. Bring a blanket or chair. Food will be available for purchase along with items from various crafters. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, and their owners are asked to be considerate of other patrons.

The event is made possible through the financial support of presenting sponsor, Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), in whose district Jefferson Memorial Forest is located, as well as assistance from Councilpersons Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), James Peden (R-23), Madonna Flood (D-24), Robin Engel (R-22) and David Yates (D-25). Also sponsoring the event are: WFPK Radio Louisville, Pic Pac of Fairdale, Dignity W.G. Hardy Funeral Home and Cemex, Inc.

A variety of entertainment options for children, including live nature demonstrations, will take place during the day, beginning at noon and ending at 4:30 p.m. Artists from across the region will demonstrate their skills as part of a craft fair, and food from Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Shack in the Back Barbeque, and Get it on a Bun at Booty’s will be available for sale.

Forest Fest Band Schedule
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.     Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.     Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.         Chatham County Line
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.         Della Mae
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.         Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.         Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.         Chatham County Line
6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.         Della Mae

Forest Fest Schedule of Activities
10:30 a.m.     Booths open to the public
                      Food areas open
                      Forest Nature booth opens for children
11:00 a.m.     Music begins
Noon              Children’s activities begin (until 4:30 p.m.)
6:00 p.m.       Food and crafts booth close
7:00 p.m.       Forest Fest concludes

About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The 6,400 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas.
The Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center is located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road. For more information: 502-368-5404

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