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Metro Newsroom

Welch invites everyone out to Sixth Annual Forest Fest

Wednesday May 5, 2010

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

This is the time of year, when the Jefferson Memorial Forest shakes off the effects of a snowy winter with new life, as the forest becomes green and beautiful in spring. It is also time for the return of what has become a special musical tradition.

“The Sixth Annual Forest Fest will soon be here for those who love Bluegrass music and want to spend a great afternoon in a very special place here in southwest Jefferson County,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (d-13). “If you have not yet come out to see our Forest, this is a perfect chance to experience its beauty, hear some great music as well as hike some magnificent trails.”

Welch is once again a primary sponsor of the Forest Fest which will offer Bluegrass music, food, crafters, vendors and youth activities in the scenic surroundings of a jewel of the Metro Parks system. The Jefferson memorial Forest is one of the largest urban forests in the United States.

The schedule of activities and music for the Sixth Annual Forest Fest:

Forest Fest Band Schedule
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Jeri Katherine Howell
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. – Blue River
3:30 p.m. -4:45 p.m. – Earl Bull and Clinch valley Bluegrass
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Dailey and Vincent

Forest Fest Schedule of Activities
11 a.m. – Booths open to the public and music begins Fairdale
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

Joining Welch as secondary sponsors are Council members Madonna Flood (D-24), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Bob Henderson (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), Brent Ackerson (D-26), James Peden (R-23), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Jon Ackerson (R-18), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), Judith Green (D-1) and Dan Johnson (D-21). Forest Fest also has what it calls Bluegrass Benefactors: Fairdale-McDaniel Funeral Home; Fairdale Pic Pac; Friends of Forest Fest; Forest Fans; ISA Recycling.

The concert is free and you can bring a blanket or a comfortable folding chair. Parking is $5 per carload.

“This is such a great event for everyone in Louisville Metro,” says Welch. “I hope everyone will come out to just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of our fabulous Forest.”

To find out more about this year’s Forest Fest, please call the office of Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch at 574-1113, or the Jefferson Memorial Forest at 368-6856.

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13