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  • The Monarchs bring 50 years of rockin' to the Heartland Music Festival

    Since releasing their first recording, “Over the Mountain” in 1962, Louisville rock group The Monarchs has seen a lot of sock hops and teen dances.

    On Saturday night they will perform the brand of rock ‘n’ roll that has been their mainstay for the past 50 years when they appear in concert at Freeman Lake Park as part of the Heartland Music Festival.

    “The group started out as a five-piece combo called ‘The Blue Angels,’” Leon Middleton, sax player and band manager, said.

  • Heartland Winds close season with tribute to American composers

    The Heartland Winds will celebrate notable works when the group performs "A Salute to American Composers."

    The concert, which closes The Heartland Winds 2010-11 season, is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

  • 'World-class' fireworks display to conclude festival

    The Heartland Music Festival will go out with a bang.

    As is tradition, a fireworks show will begin Saturday at dusk.

    “It’s the finale,” said Rene Bell, Heartland Music Festival chairwoman.

    Bell said the fireworks will begin immediately after the concert by The Monarchs.

    The display, put on by Zambelli Fireworks, will be accompanied by music provided by WAKY. The music will be piped from the bandstand speakers and broadcast on the radio station.

  • You'll want a slaw burger, fries and a bottle of Ski....

    Friday we can all go down to Dumas Walker, in song anyway, as The Kentucky HeadHunters rock Freeman Lake Park during the Heartland Music Festival.

    The entire festival has been renamed The Heartland Music Festival because of two weekends packed with music starting May 27 with Foreigner.

    Richard Young from the HeadHunters is excited to play Elizabethtown.

  • Clowns, horses, floats and more comprise festival parade

    By ROBERT VILLANUEVA

    rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com

    A staple of the Heartland Music Festival is the Saturday morning parade.

    Floats, clowns, cars and a variety of participants make their way down West Dixie Avenue from public square in downtown Elizabethtown to Helmwood Plaza Shopping Center.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m., and the theme this year is “Education ExCELs in the Heartland.”

  • Balloon glow

    As the sun sets Friday, fires will light hot air balloons from within at the Heartland Music Festival balloon glow.

    That fire-heated air would normally rise, lifting the balloons to flight, but tethered to the ground, 10 illuminated balloons will decorate the lawn near Lion’s Pavilion at the south end of Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown for festival-goers enjoyment.

    “And they’re beautiful, of course, against the night sky,” said Renè Bell, festival chairwoman.

  • Heartland Music Festival schedule of events

    Heartland Music Festival events schedule

    The Heartland Music Festival is Friday and Saturday. Parking is $5 per car for a two-day pass. Walk-ins are $2 per person.

    FRIDAY

    Children’s amusement rides, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Select rides are free from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

    Balloon Glow, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Balloons will be displayed near Lions Pavilion on the south end of the park.

  • Singing and fake singing

    Putting the music in the Heartland Music Festival will not only be several bands but a couple of contests.

    On Saturday, the United Way of Central Kentucky Lip Sync contest offers a competition a la Milli Vanilli style, and the Kentucky Idol contest pits area vocalists against each other a la “American Idol” style.

    At 1 p.m. contestants for the 2011 Kentucky Idol Contest will take the stage.

  • Run for a prize and walk for fun

    For eight years the Bluegrass Cellular Heartland Festival 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk has been a staple in festival events.

    The 5K will begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday the Bluegrass Cellular at 2902 Ring Road in Elizabethtown. The Fun Run/Walk will start five minutes later.

    Registration fees are $30 and proceeds go to local high school cross country teams and Greenspace. Participants can register until 7:15 a.m. the day of the race.

    Last year the race had 700 runners and walkers, Jescanta Lucas, Marketing Administrator with Bluegrass Cellular, said.

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