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Councilwoman Welch invites community to Forest Fest’12

Thursday May 10, 2012

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

Spring is in full swing at the Jefferson Memorial Forest and on one special day every year Bluegrass music can be heard in the air as you walk the trails and enjoy the scenery.

“The Forest Fest ‘12 is a great way to showcase the beauty and fun of the Jefferson Memorial Forest,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “It is a great collection of local and regional bluegrass musicians who love to play for people who love to listen to a unique blend of American music.”

The Eighth Annual Forest Fest ‘12 kicks off on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 10:00am until 7:00pm. It features four musical groups throughout the day and best of all admission is free. However, there is a $10 per car parking fee for restoration of the grounds after the event.

Headlining Forest Fest ’12 will be Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers. Sparks began his career in the 1950’s and is one of the most recognized touring bluegrass musicians in the country. He was recently inducted into the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Other groups performing are Hog Operation, 23 String Band and New Town.

“We will also have various arts and crafts booths on hand for those who would like to spend a nice Saturday afternoon with family and friends,” says Welch. “If you have never been to Jefferson Memorial Forest come out and enjoy a true gem of nature.”

Forest Fest ’12 will also feature a Kid Activity Area with bouncies, face painting and other things for children.

The Councilwoman is primary sponsor of Forest Fest ’12. Other Council members who are sponsoring this year’s music fun are Rick Blackwell (D- 12), Bob Henderson (D- 14), Marianne Butler (D-15), Madonna Flood (D-24), David Yates (D-25), Robin Engel (R-22), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), James Peden (R-23) and President Jim King (D-10).

Metro Parks is also a sponsor of this year’s event,

For more information about Forest Fest ‘12, call 368-5404. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road. Go online to: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/parks/jeffersonmemorialforest/forestfest.htm

Sponsor:
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13