If you’re out and about in the southwest area of Louisville this weekend, be sure to slide by the 27th Annual Southwest Festival at Sun Valley Park.

A traditional family affair, the Southwest Festival is always an interesting outing.

The festival starts tomorrow morning with the annual pancake breakfast, hosted by Southwest Community Ministries.

Here are the details from the release:

More than 20,000 people are expected at the Sun Valley Park the weekend of October 13th for the 27th Annual Southwest Festival.

It is not only a fun event for young and old alike but it also helps Southwest Community Ministries.

 The Festival will get underway at Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane.

 On Saturday, October 13th the Festival runs from 9:00am until 5:00pm. The day will feature the Southwest Car Fest coordinated by River City Street Rods. The car and motorcycle show, Kid City, Teen City, arts & crafts, food booths, “Toddler Town”, bingo games and a senior tent are just some of the highlights of the weekend.

“It is just a fun day,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “The great thing about this Festival is people come out to enjoy the fall weekend and enjoy themselves.”

 The event is also an opportunity to help those in need. At 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, Southwest Community Ministries will host their Annual Pancake Breakfast. “The Ministries continue to serve many in our community who need a helping hand. The pancake breakfast is a great way to help this group with funding especially with the holiday season not too far away,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).

“This Festival defines the spirit of our community and brings a wide range of people together for a celebration of our community spirit,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25).

A free shuttle service is available on the grounds to assist those who need help getting to the car show and other festival events.

For more information about the Southwest Festival, call 502-368-1196 or visit the Festival website at www.southwestfestival.org.

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Brian Tucker is a lifelong Louisvillian. He is the founder of The Valley Report, and has been writing on Southwest Louisville's political environment for several years.

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