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JMF Forest Fest to take place May 17

Wednesday March 26, 2008

Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley to Headline 2008 Forest Fest

A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fourth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 17.

Six bands will perform live music, beginning at 10:45 a.m, in the forest’s Horine Section. Stone Hollow, Dozens of Dollars, Bluegrass 101 and Kentucky Sassafras will serve as the opening acts for icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, who at age 81 is making a return trip to the Bluegrass State. Dr. Stanley, who has recorded more than 170 albums, is probably best known for his contributions to the soundtrack for the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” which introduced his distinctive sound to a new generation. He will be joined by his backing band, the Clinch Mountain Boys.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Stanley back to Louisville,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “His music has entertained and inspired for several decades, and it’s going to be a rare treat both for fans of his and those who may have never had the chance to hear him perform.”

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), David Tandy (D-4), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Welch (D-13), Bob Henderson (D-14), Robin Engel (R-22), James Peden (R-23), and Madonna Flood (D-24). This concert takes place in Welch’s district. However, a fee of $1 per vehicle will be assessed for parking.

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 and the Fairdale Lions Club will be available for sale.

“Jefferson Memorial Forest is one of Louisville’s real treasures,” Abramson said. “It’s a chance for the public to come and discover the wonder and beauty of the forest, and at the same time get a chance to see a musical genius like Dr. Stanley perform. It’s going to be a fun and entertaining day for Louisville residents of all ages.”

Check below for biographies of the performers. The schedule for the entire day is as follows:

Forest Fest Band Schedule

  • 10:45-11 a.m. - Dustin Figg
  • 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Stone Hollow
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. – Dozens of Dollars
  • 2-3:15 p.m. – Bluegrass 101
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. – Kentucky Sassafras
  • 5-6:15 p.m. – Doctor Ralph Stanley

Forest Fest Schedule of Activities

  • 11 a.m. – Booths open to the public and music begins Fairdale   
                  Lions Club and Ehrler’s begin serving food
                  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. – Craft and food booths close

For more information on the 2008 Forest Fest, click here.