First West Louisville Holiday Festival held on Saturday

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 17, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 17 at 8:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The first West Louisville Holiday Festival was held Saturday at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. The West Louisville Business Association was just one of several organizations that hosted the event. Besides having fun holiday activities, organizers say it was also a building block to help bring the West End community together.
 
Many times, images of violent crimes committed in west Louisville are shown on the news. Murders, robberies and assaults plague the headlines.
 
West Louisville is much more than that and there is a majority of people who care about the community that want to prove that. Saturday, their activism was put on display in one central location.
 
“This is our chance to show you the other side that you don’t see on the news,” said Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.
 
Hamilton joined other elected officials and community members of West Louisville at the holiday festival. There were activities for people of all ages.

“I think it’s great,” said Henry Booker, grandfather of a child who was there. “It’s the first time [the event was held], but I think it’s great. A lot of kids don’t have a lot of places to go and a lot of things to do.”
 
There were also vendors, health screenings and healthy life style lessons available.
 
“We can get back to the spirit of community and a family,” said Hamilton. “And I think all our neighborhoods would be better, especially West Louisville.”
 
Organizers say they plan to host another West Louisville Holiday Festival in 2012.

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