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  • 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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  • Excuse them while they kiss the sky

    Music and the aroma of festival food might fill the air Saturday at Freeman Lake Park, but for a brief time, so will falling humans.

    Visitors to the Heartland Music Festival will look to the sky about 7 p.m. Saturday when skydivers descend on Freeman Lake Park.

    Jim Moore, owner of Skydive Kentucky, said between two and five skydivers from the group will participate in the event.

    Skydive Kentucky has another big event that day, he said.

  • Country ham breakfast kicks off Saturday festival events

    Country ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, grits, fried apples, coffee and juice. If that sounds like a good way to kick off Saturday morning before Heartland Music Festival events, Pritchard Community Center is the place to be.

    For $7, visitors can grab a freshly made breakfast before watching a parade make its way from downtown Elizabethtown or cheering on a kayak race at Freeman Lake Park.

    “This is our major fundraiser of the year,” said Jim Sullivan, Hardin County AM Rotary Club president.

  • Family Fun

    In all the fun and festivities of the Heartland Music Festival, rides for the kids provide smiles, thrills and a dizzying good time.

    Geno Rides will provide the amusement rides for the festival for the 15th year. Popular rides from the past are returning for this year’s festivities.

    On Friday, there will be limited free rides available for kids while the concert is rockin’ farther down the lake.

  • Have canoe will paddle

    From novice to expert, there’s something for anyone who wants to paddle a canoe Saturday at the Heartland Music Festival.  

    Event organizer Larry Dattilo said the 17 races will vary in length, type and skill level.

    “It’s not very cutthroat but always fun to watch,” Dattilo said.

    The race brings out veterans as well as people who have never been in a canoe.

    “They always have a good time,” he said.