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Metro Parks Newsroom

Eighth Annual Forest Fest to Feature The Grascals

Monday May 2, 2011

LOUISVILLE – A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, crafters, vendors and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s eighth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 21. The concert is free, but parking is $5 per carload.

“I’m pleased the community has supported a great event like Forest Fest for eight years,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the family out for some top-notch bluegrass music and a lot of fun.”

Four bands will perform live music, beginning at 11 a.m. in the forest’s Horine Section. Relic, High Rollers and Bluegrass 101 will serve as the opening acts for The Grascals. The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, winning the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s Bluegrass Instrumental Band of the Year for 2011. Mandolin Player of the Year Danny Roberts and Banjo Player of the year Kristin Scott Benson give The Grascals a bigger boost. For the first time, each musical act will play twice on the main stage during the day. For bios on the bands and more information, visit

“Forest Fest will soon be here for those who love Bluegrass music and want to spend a great afternoon in a very special place here in southwest Jefferson County,” said Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “If you have not yet 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 once again serves as the presenting sponsor. Councilmembers Bob Henderson, Madonna Flood, Rick Blackwell, Robin Engel, Tina Ward-Pugh, Brent Ackerson, Jon Ackerson, James Peden, Mary Woolridge, Dr. Judith Green and Dan Johnson also provide support for this event. Other sponsors include Dairy Queen, the Fairdale Pic Pac and Fresh Market, Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home, The Café, Furniture Liquidators and ISA Recycling.

Forest Fest Schedule of Activities and Music 2011

10:30 a.m. - Booths open to the public
Horine Environmental Education Center open until 2 p.m.
Forest Nature booth opens for children

11:00 a.m.- Music Begins

Noon - Children’s activities until 5 p.m.

1:30 p.m.- The Forest Scavenger hunt for families and children begins

4 p.m. - Announce the winners of the Scavenger Hunt and Award prizes

7 p.m. - Festival Concludes

Forest Fest Band Schedule 2011
WFPK Radio’s Berk Bryant program emcee

11 – 11:50 - Relic
12 – 12:50 - High Rollers
1 – 1:50 - Bluegrass 101
2 – 2:50 - The Grascals
3 - 3:50 - Relic
4 – 4:50 - High Rollers
5 – 5:50 - Bluegrass 101
6 – 6:50 - The Grascals

About the Jefferson Memorial Forest:
Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest municipal urban forest at 6,191 acres, is a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war. Outdoor environmental education programs are offered at the forest, providing learning opportunities for thousands of students and teachers each year. The forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to