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Metro Newsroom

Fifth Annual Forest Fest to take place May 16

Wednesday May 6, 2009

A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, craft vendors and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fifth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 16. The concert is free, but parking will be $5 per car.

Five bands will perform live music, beginning at 11 a.m, in the forest’s Horine Section, off Holsclaw Hill Road. Buck Creek, Stone Hollow, Hog Operation, and Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys will serve as the opening acts for international Bluegrass stars, Cherryholmes. As America’s new “first family of bluegrass,” Cherryholmes has stormed to the top of the bluegrass world by winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2005 award for Entertainer of the Year.”

“We’re honored and excited to have Cherryholmes perform at Forest Fest,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “In addition, we’ve got a great lineup of talent leading up to their performance, and the whole day will be full of fun activities for Louisville families who attend.”

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, thanks to the financial support of the following Metro Council members: Judy Green (D-1), Mary Woolridge (D-3), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Welch (D-13), Bob Henderson (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), Jon Ackerson (R-18), James Peden (R-23), Madonna Flood (D-24), Brent Ackerson (D-26). Welch, in whose district the concert takes place, is the presenting sponsor, and WFPK Radio Louisville, Pic Pac of Fairdale, Fairdale Dairy Queen and Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home are other sponsors for Forest Fest.

A variety of entertainment options for children, including a scavenger hunt and live nature demonstrations, will take place during the day, beginning at noon and ending at 5 p.m. Artists from across the region will demonstrate their skills as part of a craft fair, and food from Ehrler’s,Fairdale Lions Club, and Shack in the Back Barbeque will be available for sale.

Forest Fest has become one of our most popular annual events, and we’re hoping for a great crowd again this year,” Abramson said. “Listening to great music within the backdrop of Jefferson Memorial Forest; it just can’t be beat.”

Forest Fest Band Schedule
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Buck Creek
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. – Stone Hollow
2 -3:15 p.m. – Hog Operation
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. – Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys
5 - 6:15 p.m. – Cherryholmes

Forest Fest Schedule of Activities
11 a.m. – Booths open to the public and music begins
Horine Environmental Education Center opens (open until 2 p.m.)
Forest Nature booth opens for children
Noon – Children’s activities begin
1:30 p.m. – Forest Scavenger hunt for families and children begins
4 p.m. – Scavenger Hunt winners are announced, prizes awarded
5 p.m. – Children’s area closes
6 p.m. - Food and crafts booths close

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