Music Festival 2024

Saturday, July 27 | 3-10pm

Millville Community Center, Frankfort Kentucky

The Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival is a fundraiser for the forest protection work of Kentucky Heartwood. We love celebrating our mission through community and the arts!

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Schedule of Events

3:00 pm -- Dancing in the Gym

Gina Scott Memorial Garden Party -- (Sufi Veil Dancing starts at 3:30)

3:30-4pm -- Open Mic
3:30 pm -- Workshops coming soon!

4:00 pm -- Music Competition (8-12 yr olds)
4:30 pm -- Workshops coming soon!
4:45 pm -- Obstacle Course

5:00 pm -- Aileen Conner
5:00pm -- Workshops coming soon!
5:15 pm -- Sports Competition
5:30 pm -- Workshops coming soon!

6:00 pm -- Music Competition (13-18 yr olds)
6:00 pm -- Workshops coming soon!
6:30 pm -- Children’s Talent Show

7:00 pm -- Children’s Parade
7:15 pm -- Raffle Drawing & Enviro Quiz Winner
7:30 pm -- Awards Presentation
7:45 pm -- The Shackelfords

10:00 pm -- Event ends

All Day: Information tables, Vendors, Local Food, Concessions, and a Moonbounce!

Schedule of Speakers

(All speakers will be on the main stage and will talk for 2-3 minutes each.)

4 pm -- Welcome to Music Festival

Chris Schimmoeller and Lauren Kallmeyer

4:50 pm

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5:50 pm

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6:50 pm

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7:30 pm -- Presentation of Awards

Chris Schimmoeller

Schedule of Workshops

4:30 pm -- Details Coming Soon!

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Earth Tools, Susan Mossman, Inside Out Design LLC, Jeff Alexander, Glare Control, Betty Beshoar, Doug Osborne, Bob Padgett, Michael & Sheila Campbell, Eddie Riddle, WEKU, Griffith Piano Service, Diane Lewis, Loren Curtis, Froggy 104.7, Extra Tree Estrial, Johanna Camenisch, Kathy Murphy, Doug and Laura Hendrix, Lanham Media Services, Betty Barr, and All Peoples.

Interested in supporting KY Heartwood as a sponsor this year?

More details here!

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Meet the Musicians

Aileen Conner is a rising sophomore from Lexington, Kentucky, studying Vocal Arts and Opera at the University of Southern California. She is involved in the Thornton Chamber Opera at USC and loves to sing various types of music. In 2023, she formed her community service initiative called “Elder Tunes,” where she performed for senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimers, inspired by her grandmother. She has placed in multiple state vocal competitions, including first in the Heartwood Teen Music Festival in 2022 and 2023. She is excited to be performing as a guest this year at the festival and hopes you enjoy your time. Listen to her music here!

Follow Aileen on Instagram or YouTube by clicking the icons below!

The Shackelfords are a four piece band originated in 2023 and based in Lexington, KY.  They perform a mix of covers and originals with a sound that blends folk, rock, country and blues.

Help sponsor a summer celebration of the arts and the environment that features a youth talent contest, art exhibitors, children’s activities, workshops, and original bands!

Youth Music Competition

Young musicians are invited to compete in the Youth Music Competition.  One of the highlights of the festival, the youth music competition is a friendly, supportive event that allows young musicians to compete in two categories, ages 8-12 and 13-18.  First prize is $100; second is $25; third is a Kentucky Heartwood T shirt.   All kinds of music are welcome.  The younger kids' competition begins at 4pm; the older kids compete at 6pm.  Award winners are announced at 7:15pm.

We are always amazed at the wonderful talent of our contestants, and we love that they have so much fun at the festival in addition to the music (kids can play in the stream, participate in the chalk drawing competition, enter the obstacle course, etc.)  Please register early - cost is $10 per contestant!

Do you make your own specialty products, wares, or other one-of-a-kind items? If yes, consider becoming a vendor!

We also welcome other non-profits to table at our event.

Exhibitors: There is no charge for-non profits who are tabling.  Kentucky Heartwood also doesn't charge for-profit vendors, although we do ask that you consider making a donation at the end if you've had a good day!

The Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival is a fundraiser for the forest protection work of Kentucky Heartwood.  We love to celebrate our mission through community, the arts, and music at this event.  We feature local crafts, foods and items associated with sustainability at the festival.  We reserve the right to vet vendors for participation at the festival.

The Historic Millville Community Center

The Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival is located in western Woodford County on the banks of Glenn’s Creek in the scenic community of Millville. The site of the festival is the Millville Community Center, which includes portions of the restored historic Millville Elementary School.  The facility is well known for its horseshoe tournaments.  Also available are basketball courts, picnic tables, and an outdoor pavilion.


Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers!

Charles Schimmoeller, Marianna Colten, Megan Willman Dobner, Logan Ernst, Trina and Tim Peiffer, Doug Osborne, Jessica Schuster, Mary Frank Slaughter, Emaline Gray, Joseph Fiala, Will Dowler, Polly Webb, Amanda Whites, Ezra Corum, Megan and Jason Harrod, Dave Cooper, Patty Draus, Natalie Dufour, Sophie Dufour, Joel Dufour, Eric Peiffer, Elle Travis, Clay Goebeler, Danny and Claire Hess, Jane Marie Watts, Brad Slutskin, Velda and John Watts, Maya Burke, Bridget Corum, Bob Padgett, Steve Dorsett, Kathy Murphy, Anna Grace Dudley, Jake Parritt, Morgan and Margi Jones, Rachel Harrod, Connie Colten, Mary Quinan, Ben Griffith, Lynn Cruz, Jim Daniel, Anna Harrod, Josephine Sculpture Park, Franklin County High School Majorettes, and the Kentucky Dance Academy.

Thanks to our emcee Ella McCutchen and to our sound wizard Seth Murphy of Blackhat Productions!

Add your name to the volunteer list for 2024!

Congrats to 16 years of winners!

​               Ages 8 – 12                        Ages 13 – 18    

2006      Alyssa Meece                        Tyler Stahl & Blake Sugarman

2007      Samantha Cunningham        Michael Cruise

2008      Samantha Cunningham        Morgan Darby

2009      Jacob Broyles                         Damon Pulliam

2010       Austin Moore                         Bethany Breakall

2011        Ella Lemley-Frye                    Damon Pulliam

2012       Andrew Breakall                    Bethany Breakall

2013       Ella Lemley-Frye                    Samantha Cunningham

2014       Jonathan Corum                    Jordan Semones

2015       Jackson Williams-Hale          Alexandra Hagan

2016       Ezra Corum                            Kellar Casciola

2017       Saisei Kameyama                  Zoe Parker

2018       Sophie Dufour                       Marie Bandeman

2019       Phoebe White                        Charity Gilbert

2021       Acadia Meyers                      Aileen Conner
2022      Stockton Stivers                      Anyuli Martinez

2023      Spencer Gortman                  Aileen Connor

Contact the Organizer

Organizer Chris Schimmoeller was director of Kentucky Heartwood from 1992 to 2002. 
She is currently on the Kentucky Heartwood Council and lives in the Frankfort area. 
By Phone: 502-514-2960

Comments or Suggestions?

Every year people compliment us on the quality of the workshops and kids’ activities. Parents are also happy to be at a festival small enough that they don’t worry about where their kids are. If you have comments or suggestions about activities to add to the festival, please email

We look forward to seeing you at the festival!​