LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The founder of the Forecastle Festival, JK McKnight honored as one of Southern Living Magazine's 'Southerners of the Year 2017'.

The magazine highlights McKnight's work over the past 15 years to grow the Forecastle Fest from a small neighborhood party to over 60-thousand fans this past year.

It features McKnight's passion for environmentalism. Forecastle is also an event to promote sustainability.

McKnight's mission is to protect some of the most ecologically diverse landscapes from Kentucky to Brazil.