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Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch invites everyone to come out and enjoy Forest Fest ‘14

Monday May 5, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has a special way to enjoy spring with an afternoon of fun and great music in the Jefferson Memorial Forest A traditional event returns to one of Louisville Metro’s most beautiful areas bringing with it great bluegrass music on Saturday May 17th.

“Forest Fest ‘14 is just around the corner and this year organizers have found some of the best music you will ever hear as you spend an afternoon with us in wonderful surroundings,” says Welch. “If you have never come out to see our Forest, this is a perfect chance to experience its beauty, hear some great music as well as hike some magnificent trails.”

Welch is once again the primary sponsor of the Forest Fest ’14 which will offer Bluegrass music, food, crafters, vendors and youth activities in the scenic surroundings of a jewel of the Metro Parks system. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is one of the largest urban forests in the United States.

Grammy-nominated Bluegrass artist Noam Pikelny is slated to headline Forest Fest ’14. He has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

Fiddler Stuart Duncan shares the headline spotlight. He was named IBMA Fiddler of the Year eight times; his work has been enjoyed by millions of Country, Americana and Bluegrass music fans for more than 40 years

Completing the lineup at Forest Fest:

American Drive, a seasoned group that brings fresh new material to the forefront while still performing selected New South classics that their fans have grown accustomed to hearing over the years.

Nu-Blu, based in Siler City, North Carolina, brings a lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass to audiences around the country, influenced by the original bluegrass pioneers as well as modern, contemporary sounds.

Whiskey Bent Valley, a Forest Fest favorite, returns this year with their unique brand of old-time swing dancing, foot stomping, hard driving tunes.

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

Joining Welch as cosponsors for this year are Council members Madonna Flood (D-24), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), David Yates (D-25), Dan Johnson (D-21), James Peden (R-23), Robin Engel (R-22), Jim King (D-10), Tom Owen (D-8), Ken Fleming (R-7), Glen Stuckel (R-17), Kelly Downard (R-16) and Jerry T. Miller (R-19).

Forest Fest ’14 is also sponsored by the following: Metro Parks, Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home; Fairdale Pic Pac; The DQ Grill and Chill and WFPL 91.9FM.

The concert is free and you can bring a blanket or a comfortable folding chair. Parking is $10 per carload.

“This is such a great event for everyone in Louisville Metro,” says Welch. “I hope everyone will come out to just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of our fabulous Forest.”

To find out more about this year’s Forest Fest, please call the office of Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch at 574-1113, or the Jefferson Memorial Forest at 368-6856.

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D)13
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
David Yates (D) 25
Cindi Fowler (D) 14
Madonna Flood (D) 24
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Dan Johnson (D) 21
James Peden (R) 23
Robin Engel (R) 22
Jim King (D) 10
Tom Owen (D) 8
Ken Fleming (R) 7
KellY Downard (R) 16
Glen Stuckel (R) 17
Jerry Miller (R) 18