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Southwest Community Festival celebrates 25 years on Saturday, Oct. 9th

Tuesday October 5, 2010

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

When it began in 1985, no one really knew how successful the Southwest Community Festival would be as a regional event. Now, in 2010 the Festival has grown into one of the biggest community events in Louisville, drawing over 25,000 people.

This year it is bigger and better than ever.

“It is a day of fun and a chance for the community to come together and have a good time,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “There are many people who work hard to make this Festival something of pride for our area and they should be commended.”

The 25th Southwest Community Festival will be held at Sun Valley Park on Saturday, October 9th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 6505 Bethany Lane in Valley Station.

“This is a great fall event for the whole family,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “It is also a chance to see one of the great jewels of our area in Sun Valley Park.”

Several events which lead up to the festival include, the Kentucky Telco Balloon Glow on Monday, October 4th at 6 pm in the Meijer parking lot. On October 7th at 6 pm Farnsley Middle School will hold its annual Spelling Bee at 6 pm.

“Those who come to the Southwest Community Festival will have a chance to help a great organization which provides an important service to those in need in our area,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “If you love pancakes you can help the Southwest Community Ministries.”

The Festival kicks off in the morning with a pancake breakfast at the Sun Valley Community Center from 8 to 11 am. The breakfast will also include sausage biscuits and biscuits/gravy and the proceeds go to Southwest Community Ministries.

There are many free events including: a car and motorcycle show from River City Street Rods, Inc.; corn hole tournament sponsored by the Boy Scouts; Kids City with free games and inflatables from Valley View Church; Medieval Re-Enactments presented by SCA; arts, crafts & food booths, Toddler Town, and a Senior Tent with bingo and drawings.

Louisville’s own Monarchs will provide the rock ‘n roll entertainment as they have been doing since 1961. The Monarchs will be onstage at 12:30, 1:45 and 3:00 pm.

Free shuttles will be provided to the car show and festival events by Highview Baptist Church and South Jefferson Christian Church.

For more information about The 2010 Southwest Community Festival, call 502-368-1196 or visit the website at

Here are the highlighted events for the 2010 Southwest Community Festival

Kentucky Telco Southwest Community Festival Balloon Glow
Monday, October 4, 2010, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Meijer’s parking lot, 9905 Dixie Hwy. Sponsored by Kentucky Telco

Spelling Bee
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:00 PM, Farnsley Middle School, 3400 Lees Lane

Pancake Breakfast
Morning of Festival, October 9, 2010, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane. Proceeds Benefit Southwest Community Ministries
25th Southwest Community Festival
Saturday, October 9, 9 AM to 5 PM, Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14