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Jazz Great Adrian Crutchfield Headlines Fort Harrod Jazz Festival
Enjoy fall weekend road trip to the place where Kentucky started
By: Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission
All that jazz
Known for his neo-soul sound, Crutchfield's jazz creds date back to his childhood when he was given his first sax by Kenny G. He is the last sax player to have performed with Prince and was featured on many of the revered musician's final masterpieces, including the 2017 Grammy-nominated album, Hit-N-Run Phase 2 – the last to be released during Prince's lifetime. Crutchfield has also performed with such legendary luminaries as Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, hip hop sensation Young Jeezy and R&B icon Anthony Hamilton.
The annual festival, in Old Fort Harrod State Park, features a non-stop lineup of regional and national ensembles performing their music; the foods that go best with jazz – barbecue, brisket, burgers and wings, plus sweet treats and craft and domestic beer; and casual seating on the lawn of the park. On Sept. 21, some of the region's finest artists and craftspeople will join the fun at the fort, showing original handmade arts and crafts during the Kentucky Artisans Expo. Bring lawn chair or blanket.
Pair with overnight accommodations at The Inn at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, whose recently reopened 1820 Meeting House presents its own music program, that of beautiful Shaker music performed at 11 a.m. daily. The music as well as tours of the Village are part of the daily adventures offered at Shaker Village and are included for the length of a stay. Fall is the perfect time to add a Dixie Belle cruise excursion to the geologically ancient Kentucky Palisades and dinner at Trustees' Table for seasonal Kentucky fare. www.ftharrodjazzfest.com
More fall fun, fests and frights
Other fall Harrodsburg fun includes Central Kentucky's largest Oktoberfest, Oct. 11-13; Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill's HarvestFest, Sept. 28-29, and Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 25-26, with hayrides, kids' crafts and bonfires; Fort Harrod Beef Festival, Oct. 3-5; Haunted Frontier, Oct. 25, 26, 30 and 31; Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm (Zip Line Racers, Paintball Cornstalk wars, Field of Horror, Nov. 1-2).
Visit www.HarrodsburgKY.com to plan your fall road trip to Harrodsburg.
Karen Hackett (mailto:khackett@
800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364
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Karen Hackett, Executive Director