Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown will be the site of a festival this weekend designed to promote spiritual growth and introduce patrons to alternative forms of healing.

Taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the Festival of Healing and Spiritual Awareness will include around 20 vendors and offer lectures and workshops. The festival will encompass holistic teachers, animal communicators, intuitive spiritual counselors, alternative healers and more.

“It’s a very positive and loving environment,” co-organizer Jenny Abell said.

Lectures and workshops last approximately 30 minutes and are included with the price of admission, according to Abell. Door prizes also will be available.

The festival was founded in Louisville in 2003 by the late Virginia Gilpin and made its first appearance in Elizabethtown in 2012. The event takes place bi-annually in both cities, with a second festival weekend expected to take place in Elizabethtown in July.

Because of COVID-19, the festival will include about half the amount of booths usually available, Abell said. Other precautions include increased space between vendors, a face mask requirement and easily accessible hand sanitizer for attendees.

Abell said the festival is a good networking opportunity for those who are interested in alternative healing and spirituality and that it is a good introduction for those who are new to these subjects.

“It’s a great place to come and network with other metaphysically based people,” she said.

Admission is $7 per day or $10 for both days. There is a $2 discount for participants who bring a canned food donation, which will go to a regional food pantry.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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