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FirstBuild, UofL will work together to bring Maker Faire to LouisvilleKY

Story and photos from UofL News… Louisville, KY., – Thousands of makers, inventors, students, engineers and artists are expected to converge on the Belknap Campus this fall as FirstBuild and UofL host a two-day Maker Faire Festival Sept. 28-29. The Louisville Maker Faire will be a free, family-friendly event that includes spectacle acts, exhibitions, competitions, hands-on workshops, speakers, musical performances and more. “We look forward to bringing the community together on our campus to create, discover and be inspired,” said President Neeli Bendapudi. “This event will show the incredible power of partnership between our university and local industry.” “Hosting our city’s first full-feature Maker Faire is an example of how businesses…


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LouisvilleKY Zoo Opens Butterflies n’ Blooms

Louisville, KY.,. – Back by popular demand, the butterflies have made their return to the Louisville Zoo — the Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit has opened and runs through Sept. 22. This temporary exhibit is free with Zoo admission or membership. Butterflies n’ Blooms is presented by Ford Motor Company and is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  and 2 to 4:30 p.m. weather permitting. Butterflies n’ Blooms is in collaboration with Idlewild Butterfly Farm.   Zoo guests will be able to walk amongst hundreds of native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers in our 1,000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located…


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Abbey Road on the River set to rock Memorial Day Weekend

Jeffersonville, IN – Abbey Road on the River, the world’s largest Beatles inspired music festival, will return to the Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-27, 2019. More than 20,000 fans and 60 bands from around the world are expected to come together to celebrate the music of the 60’s and experience the magic of The Beatles at the 5-day event. A few highlights of the 2019 festival will include: To honor the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album, the festival will present a never-before-seen original concert appropriately named “Abbey Road on the Dark Side” on Sunday, May 26…


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LouisvilleKY area not finished with the Kentucky Derby Festival just yet

 Louisville, KY.- The Kentucky Derby Festival returns to Southern Indiana in June for its second annual Horseshoe Foundation FamFest. Festival is partnering with the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County to bring the free family friendly event to New Albany on Friday, June 14. The event was originally scheduled for April 19 but had to be postponed due to inclement weather. It will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown New Albany next to the YMCA located at 47 Pearl Street. “The Kentucky Derby Festival is lucky to have fans on both sides of the river,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky…


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Juneteenth Jubilee Will Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of Lincoln Memorial at LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront Park

Louisville, KY- Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, sculptor Ed Hamilton, Jecorey ‘1200’ Arthur, and WDC President David Karem today announced plans for Juneteenth Jubilee, a public celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park. The event will take place on June 19, 2019, from 7:30-9:15 p.m. The 2019 Juneteenth Jubilee will begin at 2nd and Main on the KFC Yum! Center Plaza with a community gathering in remembrance of the thousands of enslaved Africans sold at this site in the 1800s. Grand Marshal Ed Hamilton and the River City Drum Corp will lead participants through Downtown Louisville in a march for freedom to Waterfront Park. At…


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Moms are Free for Mother’s Day at LouisvilleKY’s Zoo

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will be honoring mothers this Mother’s Day, Sunday May, 12 with free admission. The day is made possible by Ford Motor Company. Teddy Grahams will have giveaways while supplies last. A Teddy Grahams Scavenger Hunt will also be handed out at the admission gate. Teddy Grahams will be located near the maned wolf exhibit. Moms and moms-to-be will want to stop by and visit African elephant Mikki who is also expecting this summer and Kindi’s surrogate gorilla mom Kweli. Details on the day are here: LouisvilleZoo.org/mothersday.


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LouisvilleKY’s Buy Local Fair set for Water Tower Park

Louisville, KY  -The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 11th Annual Buy Local Fair on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Presented by Louisville Water Company, admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $7 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking.                                The fair will include more than 180 booths from local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, farmers and even a “Kidpreneur Marketplace” showcasing local mini businesses run by kids. Guests can also enjoy food trucks, a children’s area, craft beer, bourbon and brandy, a Back Porch area for grownups…


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LouisvilleKY’s Battle of the belles takes to the Ohio Wednesday

Louisville, KY.   – The Battle of the Belles returns to the Ohio River this week. The Belle of Louisville, and her rival from up river, the Belle of Cincinnati, will compete in this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369, set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.  The 14-mile course on the Ohio River starts and finishes at the Clark Memorial Bridge. In a twist, 2 VIPs will be retrieved from the shoreline before the boats turn at Captains Quarters to race back to the finish line.  Each boat will be assigned two judges, in addition…


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LouisvilleKY has new Great Bed Race champs

Louisville, KY. –  Racing fans cheered tonight as GE Appliances (Team 1) won the Champions Division of the Great Bed Races with a time of 34.1. St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities won the won the Fun Division with a time of 35.6.  40 teams pushed their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course, competing for the fastest times. The theme of this year’s event, “Pegasus Power,” had teams decorating their beds in everything from Flying Pegasus, Superheroes and My Little Pony, to Star Wars, Ninja Turtles and the movie “Grease.” Prizes went to the teams with the three fastest times, as…


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KDF had some big winners in two major LouisvilleKY races this weekend

 Louisville, KY.  – With near perfect weather conditions, 25 balloons lifted off from Bowman Field Saturday morning in the BB&T Great Balloon Race. The race got underway just after 7 AM, as light wind took the balloons east toward Shelbyville Road. The event was the last of four ballooning events in the 2019 BB&T Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest.  “The conditions for this morning’s race were as close to perfect as you could get,” said George Troutman, Balloonmeister for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s balloon events.  The 24 “Hound” balloons took off from Bowman Field in “chase” of the “Hare” – the…