Old Louisville’s Springfest just keeps getting bigger and bigger. More than 10,000 people flocked to the historic neighborhood last year for the annual festival that includes vendors, food trucks, live music, a car show, a Kids Zone and much, much more. Organizers are hoping for an even larger attendance at this year’s Springfest, which takes place this Friday and Saturday, May 20-21.
The event is a fundraiser put on by the Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association, an area situated in the eastern corridor of Old Louisville. And its purpose, according to Dan Mason, one of the nine organizers, is to raise money for neighborhood projects as well as celebrate all things local and Old Louisville.
Mason, who works for Allstate and volunteers his time with the TTNA, has lived in Old Louisville for nearly eight years and loves the energy and passion his neighbors have for their district. He hopes the community comes out to enjoy Springfest this weekend, and wants to personally thank the volunteers, organizers, sponsor Kosair Charities, Councilman David James and the residents of Old Louisville for supporting such a community-uniting event.
Springfest is free and takes place on First Street between Oak and Magnolia. Hours are noon-9 p.m. on Friday, May 20, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.
Before Mason prepares for a long weekend ahead, he answered some very important questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I worked full time during college … I still want to buy a three-month Eurail pass and backpack Europe for a summer. But now I will take my daughter with me.
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
The Warhol Retrospective in Chicago, Billy Idol, Erasure and U2.
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
It would be a three-way tie: 1) Randy Coe (president of Kosair Charities) for his leadership and generosity, 2) Craig Scherman (advisory council for Kosair Charities) for his ability to raise awareness and have fun doing it, and 3) Aaron Yarmuth (executive editor of LEO Weekly) for his ability to distill and communicate complex concepts and help us all focus on the real issues. We are lucky to live in the same city as these three.
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Keep it simple: thin crust with fresh mozzarella, tomato and pepperoni.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
90 — To be someone who has seen it all and have most of the answers on what’s really important … how cool would it be to have that in your back pocket as you navigate life now?
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
I would like to say James Dean … but sometimes I get Jim J. Bullock.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
That’s easy … I’m a Debbie Harry fan.