Hi Roots and Heritage Festival Family!
The Committee has been working hard to provide a safe virtual Festival experience!  We hope you enjoy!

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2021 THEME:  Black Excellence: Still, Like Air I Rise – Maya Angelou

Friday – September 10, 2021 – WATCH THE LINE-UP HERE
Bootsie and Funkabilly
Maestro J
Threo featuring Mary Jackson and Kirby Davis


Saturday – September 11, 2021
One Sound Band
Crick 720
Uniqueness Modeling Productions
Rae Camp Band
Stone City Band


Featured DJ’s
DJ Green
DJ Kenny
DJ Wikki Wikki
DJ Smooth


Sunday Gospel Celebration- September 12, 2021
Danielle Easley
Men In Christ Community Choir
Joyful Souls Quartet
Consolidated Praise & Worship
Joe Leavell & One Purpose
Stage 2 performances – Friday, September 17, 2021


Virtual Reverse Parade – Saturday, September 18, 2021
*Submit videos by Wednesday, September 15 (by 11:59pm)


House Decorating Contest – Saturday, September 25, 2021
*register your house online here


Scavenger Hunt – Drawing on September 30, 2021

Thank you to our sponsors who made this virtual event possible:


Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
WUKY – Media Sponsor
Uniqueness Unlimited Production and Entertainment
Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church – Gospel Sponsor

Wednesday, September 4th at 5:30pm – Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation de Tours

Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation de Tours

  •          unveiling of the Zirl Palmer pharmacy building at the corner of Chestnut and East Fifth Streets (old Catholic Action Center).


  •          the building was constructed in 1962 by Dr. Zirl Palmer, a local black pharmacist and prominent community leader. Palmer, who was the first African American appointed to the University of Kentucky board of trustees, operated his pharmacy from this building for several years before relocating to the Georgetown Street Plaza.  September 4 marks the 51st anniversary of the bombing of Zirl Palmer’s pharmacy on Georgetown Street (opened about five years after the East Fifth Street pharmacy).


  •          the tour will continue to the intersection of East Fifth and Shropshire Avenue (a marker of the old Kentucky Association race track) and Shiloh Baptist Church, which housed a white congregation before Shiloh purchased the building in the 1960s.