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Festival parade committee selects education theme

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Heartland moving to early June

The theme for this year's Heartland Music Festival parade will be "Education ExCELs in the Heartland."

Community members were asked to submit entries that had to do with the larger theme of education. Festival organizers hope that the ExCEL winners, educators who have been recognized by WHAS and LG&E/KU, will be grand marshals for the festival parade.

Bob Swope Ford organized the parade theme contest and the decision was announced at Wednesday's meeting of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce meeting. The winning entry was submitted by Ruth Dixon, a retired teacher from Elizabethtown.

The festival is moving from its traditional late summer date. It will take place the weekend of June 3-4.

Most of the activities, including a concert featuring The Kentucky Headhunters and Black Oak Arkansas, will take place at Freeman Lake Park. The parade runs along West Dixie Avenue on Saturday morning from the Public Square to Helmwood Plaza Shopping Center.