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Forecastle draws in thousands

The entrance to Forecastle on the Great Lawn. (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News) The entrance to Forecastle on the Great Lawn. (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News)
Ashley Capps (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News) Ashley Capps (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News)
J.K.  McNight (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News) J.K. McNight (Source: Rick Miller, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Before the weekend is over an estimated 65,000 people will flock to the Great Lawn for arts, music and environmental activism.

In total, 67 acts will take to the four stages. There will also be artists, a bourbon lodge and the Kentucky landing with local craft beer and food trucks. Organizers say it's really no surprise the massive festival does so well in Louisville.

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“The art scene that you see here today is something that's been evolving over decades,” said Ashley Capps, president of AC Entertainment. “The Louisville Symphony which you know, back in the 40's and 50's, was transformed into an absolute world-class orchestra that was premiering some of the classic music that was being written in the 20th century. The attention that's been given to the arts in this community is considerable.”

What started as a small concert in Tyler Park 12 years ago has morphed into a must-see cultural experience against the perfect backdrop.

"The river, the bridges, that setting with the Louisville skyline behind you is really beautiful especially at night it's amazing as all the lights come down and take over,” Capps said. “The visual character of a river city is something that I kind of naturally gravitate to. That's what Louisville has and what this setting manages to capture.”

Artists will capture the moment by painting a giant white houseboat and a 50 foot art wall.

As the familiar Great Lawn transforms into a nautical fantasy world, the outside world is impacted as well, big time.

$14 million was the economic impact from last year, but Forecastle founder J.K. McNight says the cultural impact is bigger.

“It puts Louisville in a different spotlight it acts as an ambassador to the city to the young people that come in from all over the world,” McNight said.

Getting a taste of Kentucky while exploring the arts. All in one place.

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