By Adelle Brodbeck
Kentucky festivities don’t get much more bluegrass than at the annual Forest Fest.
On Saturday, May 16, the Jefferson Memorial Forest’s festival will bring traditional twang with performances from the Misty Mountain String Band, the self-titled trashgrass Rumpke Mountain Boys, the harmonies of Maiden Radio and many others. For its 11th year, Forest Fest has increased its musical lineup to a total of six acts with performances beginning before noon.
Though parking for the event is $10, admission into the festival is free. Food and drink vendors such as Shack in the Back Barbeque, Ramiro’s Cantina Food Truck, and Brooks Hill Winery will also be stationed at the forest’s Horine Section at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road.
Child-specific entertainment including live nature demonstrations and a craft fair featuring regional artists will be accessible throughout the day as well.
Bring your own blanket, but don’t bring your beer; outside alcohol is prohibited. And only the most well behaved dogs secured by leashes will be allowed in.
Wilderness Louisville will host a silent auction with goods donated by Quest Outdoors, The Rock Gem, Vietnam Kitchen and Go Ape USA. Proceeds go toward revamping the Jefferson Memorial Forest’s educational program buildings.
The event is supported and presented by District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Welch. LG&E, Forcht Bank and WFPK Radio Louisville are also listed among sponsors.
The full schedule of Forest Fest events is below:
- 10:30 a.m. — Booths open to the public, food areas open, Forest Nature booth opens to children
- 11 a.m. — Nellie Pearl
- Noon — Children’s activities begin (until 5 p.m.)
- 12:15 p.m. — Storefront Congregation
- 1:20 p.m. — Misty Mountain String Band
- 2:40 p.m. — Maiden Radio
- 4 p.m. — Helen Highwater String Band
- 5:30 p.m. — Rumpke Mountain Boys