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Metro Newsroom

Riverside Heritage Festival offers great music and family fun

Tuesday October 3, 2006

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the historical and cultural significance of the Southwest Louisville Metro attraction during the ninth annual Riverside Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free family festival features great music, food, traditional craft demonstrations, and activities for children and adults of all ages.

Musical entertainment will be provided by regional favorites Goober Says Hey (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Fresh Cut Grass (1 to 3:30 p.m.), and bluegrass sensation Kentucky Sassafras (4 to 6 p.m.). Visitors young and old are invited to participate in Riverside’s ongoing archaeological dig, under the guidance of archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey. Families can also enjoy demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, pioneer weaponry, soap making, spinning, Native American crafts, arrowhead-making, quilting and more. Children can enjoy pumpkin painting, storytelling, pony rides and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association and Ehrler's Ice Cream will sell food and refreshments.

Musical entertainment, exhibits and most children’s activities are free. However, a ticket is required for tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House ($3 for adults and seniors; $1.50 for children), pony rides ($1 per person) and horse-drawn carriage rides ($2 per person). Sponsors include Metro Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14) and Insight.

The Riverside Heritage Festival is held in conjunction with the Southwest Community Festival at Sun Valley Park. Free TARC trolleys will shuttle visitors between both festival sites from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, is a 300-acre historic farm site on the Ohio River, with an 1837 home as its centerpiece. For most of the 19th Century, an active riverboat landing on the farm allowed people traveling by river to stop to trade goods, to take on boilerwood for fuel, or to rest. Today, visitors to Riverside may tour the historic home and grounds, which include a reconstructed detached kitchen, ongoing archaeological excavations, a modern Visitors Center, gardens, and a riverboat landing. Information is available at 502/935-6809 or

HOURS AND DIRECTIONS: Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing is located at 7410 Moorman Road. Regular Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. From downtown Louisville, take I-65 South to the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) West, which you’ll follow for about 10 miles. Cross Dixie Highway (US-31W) and continue toward Riverport on the Greenbelt Highway. Turn left at the first stoplight onto Lower River Road. After 1/8 mile, turn right at the sign for Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.