Colorfest activities set for Bernheim this weekend

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Activities set for all day on Saturday and Sunday

By Mallory Bilger

CLERMONT ee" A jubilant pack of scarecrows, great local music, hayrides, pumpkin painting and other fall fun will all be a part of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s ColorFest 2009.

The annual family festival is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday. It is the forest’s largest yearly event and attracts thousands from Bullitt, Nelson, Spencer, Hardin and Jefferson Counties.

A new festival highlight that will appeal to the local crowd is the Bullitt County Art Council’s Bullitt County Vocalist of the Year Finalist Contest.

The contest was previously held at the Mount Washington Fall Festival. All finalists that are selected at the contest’s auditions on Oct. 12 will be performing from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday on the Silos Stage. Judges will then select winners to be named that day.

Other musical attractions include award-winning acoustic guitarist Pat Kirtley. “He has a kind of Irish, Celtic sound,” Bernheim’s Marketing and Communications Officer Susan Ritter said.

The Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Tony Meyers, the Lincoln Cloggers, Relic and the Kentucky Home Cloggers will also be on hand for entertainment. Visitors can also see a Tai Chi demonstration on Sunday.

Ritter said families can expect all of the festival’s regular events that ColorFest is known for, including $2 hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting and crafts by Kentucky artists.

Booths set up to educate children and adults about wildlife and ecology will also be part of the festivities.

Some events charge a minimal fee and hungry festival goers can purchase food at Bernheim or bring a picnic style lunch.

Ritter said families also won’t want to miss the exhibits from the second-annual Scarecrow Jubilee contest, which will be on display throughout the forest.

This year’s Scarecrow Jubilee is themed “80 Years of Memories” in honor of the forest’s 80th birthday. The happy fall creatures are uniquely crafted by local citizens out of anything related to Bernheim’s history, experiences people have had at Bernheim and the number 80.

The Scarecrows will be displayed throughout the forest from Oct. 17 until Nov. 30. Ritter said the Scarecrows make for great photo opportunities.

“We are really looking forward to that,” Ritter said of the Jubilee.

Ritter said last year the two-day festival attracted more than 7,000 visitors. “ColorFest has always been Bernheim’s signature event. We’re really pumped up about the big events here at Bernheim,” she said.

Admission to ColorFest 2009 is $5 per carload. For more information, call 955-8512 or visit www.bernheim.org.