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The Heartland Shines in 2009 is the theme for a fun-filled weekend of events in Elizabethtown. It’s the 27th year for the Kentucky Heartland Festival that is held each year during the last full weekend in August at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown.
The festival opens Friday night with exhibits, food, children’s rides and music on the bandstand and picks up Saturday morning with the country ham breakfast, 5K run and parade along Dixie Avenue.
This year’s parade grand marshal is retired WHAS 11 news anchorman Gary Roedemeier, the winner of five regional Emmys. Also appearing in this year’s parade will be the new Armor Center commander at Fort Knox Maj. Gen. James Mike Milano.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. If it rains, the parade will be rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.
The remainder of Saturday’s events will be filled with music, crafts, rides, a martial arts tournament, canoe and kayak races, water ball, baby contests, vintage baseball, a car show, sky divers, hot air balloons, a ski show and a lip sync contest. The activities are centered at Freeman Lake Park
The Little Smilin’ Choo Choo will provide free shuttle rides around the park.
Food booths will be a little different this year. Organizers with the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce decided to use one food vendor this year so they can control the quality and quantity of food, Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce president Tim Asher said.
For more information: Go to www.etownchamber.org or www.kyheartlandfestival.com . Unless otherwise noted, contact the chamber at (270) 765-4334 for more information. Friday 5 p.m.-Dark: Park is open for arts and crafts, food, games, rides and exhibits 5-8 p.m.: Children’s amusement rides (Free on Friday only) 8:30-9 p.m.: Balloon glow near the George Searle Pavilion Saturday 6-9 a.m.: Country ham breakfast at the Pritchard Community Center 7:30 a.m.: Bluegrass Cellular Heartland 5K Run (sign in begins at 6:30) Entry fee $12, late entry fee $20For more information, contact (270) 765-6361, Ext. 5005 10 a.m.: Kentucky Heartland Festival Parade (registration for entries ended Aug. 3) 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: KHF Martial Arts Tournament (Elizabethtown High School) 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Canoe and kayak races. For more information contact (270) 422-2864 10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Children’s amusement rides 1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Water Ball 1:30 p.m.: Baby contest at the George Searle Pavilion 2-4 p.m.: Vintage Baseball located in the lot behind Greyson’s Weekend Outlet 3-6 p.m.: Open Car Show located at the Sarah Bush Johnson Lincoln Cabin. For more information contact (270) 862-4489, (270) 234-4346 or (270) 234-3592 3 p.m.: Sky divers performance 5 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Buck Chase XXV 5-8 p.m.: Water ski show 6-8 p.m.: Central Ky. United Way Lip Sync at the bandstand Dusk: Fireworks Park is open throughout the day for arts and crafts, food, games, rides and exhibits. Entertainment on the bandstand Friday 5:30 p.m.: Partly Cloudy 7 p.m.: Main Street Saturday Noon: Josh Brown 1 p.m.: Chris Buchanan 2 p.m.: HSAOK showcase 4 p.m.: Junell St. Band 5 p.m.: Jane Rose Band 8 p.m. Windstream presents the Headstones Entertainment on the second stage Saturday Noon: Kitty Mama 1 p.m.: Heartland Fillies 2 p.m.: Robbie Payne 3 p.m.: Annette Neumann 4 p.m.: Joe Hanna 5 p.m.: Mercy Seat