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Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular Coming to Iroquois Park

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Release Date: Jul 24, 2013

New Fall Event Coming to Iroquois Park

5,000 artistically carved pumpkins to light walking trail during this three week, family-friendly event.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 24, 2013) – Local artists will carve more than 5,000 pumpkins which will light a trail the length of five football fields at the base of Iroquois Park. Produced for the first time in Louisville, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular will take place nightly starting at dusk from October 10 through November 2.

“This event will be a great addition to Louisville’s fall offerings for entertainment. We estimate 3,000 to 4,000 visitors to this attraction each day with more on the weekend. Many of these will come from around the region,” said Jim Wood, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Combined with events such as picking pumpkins and the Louisville Zoo’s Halloween event, this increases Louisville’s appeal as a fall getaway destination.”

The wooded trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, KY 40214) and weaves its way for a third of a mile through the trees with themed vignettes set to music. The carved, lit pumpkins rotate on a weekly basis creating a different experience each weekend.

The trail opens nightly at 7PM.

Sunday – Thursday
Adults $12
Seniors (62+) $10
Children (3-12) $9

Friday - Saturday
Adults $15
Seniors (62+) $13
Children (3-12) $12

Individual tickets may be purchased daily, starting at 9AM, for use the same evening at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office or online at www.jackolanternlouisville.com.

Tickets for groups of 25 or more can be purchased in advance by calling 502-363-7766, or in person at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office from 9AM to 3:30PM.

The event is held rain or shine.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and Kosair Charities.

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is produced by Louisville Metro Parks in conjunction with Passion for Pumpkins, a multimedia production company with 25 years’ experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery.


NOTE TO EDITORS: To request images, logos or brochures contact Erika Nelson at Erika.Nelson@louisvilleky.gov, 502- 456-3253.

The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation (LMPF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with Louisville Metro Parks to raise funds and resources to preserve, protect, promote and improve Louisville’s recreational opportunities, and supports the mission of Metro Parks by coordinating financial and volunteer assets. LMPF’s purpose is to identify, and strengthen financial support for park improvements and environmental improvement strategies through corporate, civic and citizen participation. This is accomplished by in-kind and financial gifts through memberships, grants, corporate sponsorships, wills, memorials and other contributions as identified by the foundation.

Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given more than $335 million to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life.

Passion for Pumpkins Inc. is a multimedia production company with 25 years’ experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery. Begun as a small family run event used to raise funds for the Oxford School department in Massachusetts, the founders of Passion for Pumpkins and their partners have produced “pumpkin shows” in New England that have been attended by over a million patrons.

Since 1968, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (LCVB)  primary goal has been to enhance the city and county’s economy through tourism development - to promote and sell Louisville as a destination for conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings and pleasure and business travel on a worldwide basis. The LCVB was one of the first Destination Marketing Organizations to become accredited in 2006, through the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, an independent, international standards program developed by the Washington, D.C. based Destination Marketing Association International. Lonely Planet Guidebooks recognized Louisville as its top U.S. travel destination for 2013.

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