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Mayor Fischer Unveils 2011 MetroFest Calendar

Tuesday March 8, 2011

Also announces addition of “paddling” to Hike, Bike & Paddle event

Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled the 2011 MetroFest calendar, which features more than 250 events throughout the year ranging from smaller neighborhood festivals to world-famous city events like the Derby Festival, Metrofest Calendar 2011IdeaFestival and St. James Art Fair.

Fischer also announced that one of the city’s most popular events is expanding. A paddling course on the Ohio River will be added to the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle, which will be held Memorial Day, May 30.

“Great festivals and special events set the tone for a city bringing energy, diversity, and quality of life, which in turn spurs tourism, new jobs and economic growth,” Fischer said. “The MetroFest calendar showcases the many events -- large and small, the new and the well-established -- that give our city its strong reputation for starting and growing great events.”

Fischer noted that Louisville was named the top North American city for events and festivals in 2010 by the International Festivals and Events Association.

This year’s MetroFest calendar is sponsored by the Louisville Metro Council, Tumbleweed Southwest Grill and Louisville Magazine.

The calendars will be available at all Tumbleweed Southwest Grill restaurants and as a special insert in the March edition of Louisville Magazine. For the most up-to-date listings, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/metrofest.

At that same web address, citizens can link to an on-line permitting application that provides a one-stop shop for anyone planning an event in Louisville. The application collects details about planned events and transmits the information electronically to all the city agencies responsible for reviewing permit requests, reducing the time required for approval of event permits.

Events taking place in Metro Parks or at Waterfront Park will still require separate permits issued by those agencies.

Hike, Bike & PaddleFischer had pledged to add a paddling component to the Hike & Bike events and said the city has been working closely with the “paddling community” to plan the addition.

“Canoeing and kayaking are great family activities, and are among the fastest-growing recreational sports in the nation,” Fischer said. “This will also be a terrific way to get back to our roots as a city born along the river, and an opportunity to enjoy and explore Waterfront Park.”

To help get citizens excited about the paddling activity, Fischer said that a “community kayak” will be built in cooperation with the locally-owned Skipping Fish Boat School. The finished 17-foot sea kayak, which will have a wood frame covered with nylon, will be used at the Hike, Bike & Paddle on Memorial Day.

More details on the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle including the cycling, walking and paddling routes will be announced in the spring.

This will be the seventh year for the events. Subway is the title sponsor. Norton Healthcare and Coca-Cola are presenting sponsors, with additional support from Waste Management.