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Today's Features

  •  Brownie Troop 107 completed their Journey Award by collecting donations of food and toiletries for Helping Hand of Elizabethtown.  

  • The Woman’s Club of Elizabethtown has a very lovely tradition of honoring one’s memory at their passing or the memory of an immediate family member such as a spouse or child by giving a book to the Hardin County Public Library. The club lost 11 members and/or spouses this year alone. 

  • 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.”

  •  As many in the community are aware, food insecurity situations continue to increase throughout Central and South Central Kentucky due to increasing financial struggles. Fortunately, many individuals, groups and organizations are choosing to make a difference in helping feed the hungry.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.