• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

12th Heartwood Festival set for Saturday

The 12th annual Kentucky Heartwood Festival will take place Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. in the Millville Community Center. Festival organizer Chris Schimmoeller, a 1987 Woodford County High School graduate, is a member of Kentucky Heartwood, an environmental group formed 25 years ago. Asked why people should attend, Schimmoeller laughed and said, "Because there's more going on in Millville than just Hillbilly Daze," referring to the annual September event there. In a news release, Schimmoeller wrote, "This festival has activities for people of all ages, including great music featuring 'Heath and Molly' and Nicholas Penn, a music competition for kids, an obstacle course, a sports competition, workshops, a chalk drawing competition, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, face painting, a square dance, street theater, and a kids' parade." The music competition has two divisions: eight to 12-years-old and 13 to 18-years-old, with a $100 prize awarded to the winner of each category and a second prize of $25. Schimmoeller said the festival is held in Millville because a former Kentucky Heartwood coordinator has long family ties there. "Millville's a great place. It's beautiful and the community center has lots of amenities and it's got Glen's Creek right there, and we take full advantage of that. We have stream workshops to get the kids out in the water and learn about the water with biologists - what they find in the water reflects the health of the stream. It's a great, friendly place ." she said. "This is a chance to get out in the country and be someplace different and have a great time." Schimmoeller said Kentucky Heartwood works to protect public lands from commercial logging, all-terrain vehicle use, road development, mining and gas and oil well drilling. The group also advocates for sustainable logging on private land. For more information visit www.kyheartwood.org or call Schimmoeller at 502-226-5751.

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