52nd annual Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown returns to tradition

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky

Jeffersontown’s 52nd annual Gaslight Festival will return this year with all of its usual week-long activities, after being partially virtual last year. The annual Gaslight Festival is the fifth largest in the region and attracts an estimated 200,000 visitors to Jeffersontown.

“Our Jeffersontown community takes pride in the annual Gaslight Festival,” said Bill Dieruf, Mayor of Jeffersontown. “It’s a chance for families to celebrate the community, and ole friends to reconnect.”

Plans For The 2021 Gaslight Festival

This year’s Securitas Mortgage Gaslight Festival, which is hosted and organized by The Chamber Jeffersontown, will resume in-person events such as the:

  • Gaslight Festival 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by Baptist Health Louisville;
  • Gaslight Festival Parade, sponsored by River City Bank;
  • and the popular Gaslight Balloon Glow sponsored by US Bank.

Securitas Mortgage, a Louisville-based residential mortgage broker, is the first-ever title sponsor of the event.

“I grew up in Jeffersontown and this community means a lot to me,” said Jeff Houk, CEO of Securitas Mortgage. “The Gaslight Festival is a long-time tradition in our community, and I’m excited about being a part of it in a meaningful way.”

This year’s Gaslight Festival Weekend will run Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19. However, the Festival will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 12, with the Gaslight Poker Rally, a 95-mile motorcycle ride featuring four stops and finishing with dinner and music.

History Of Jefferstown’s Gaslight Festival

The Gaslight Festival is an iconic community tradition. Since it began in 1969, the Gaslight Festival has grown from a weekend celebration offering arts and crafts, music, local foods and beer to a week-long celebration featuring numerous events, including a golf scramble, business appreciation luncheon, car show, entertainment garden, community blood drive and street festival.

“Gaslight has built a long and storied tradition in the community of Jeffersontown, developing into a popular attraction for families and festival enthusiasts from all across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and other nearby states,” said Deana Karem, president & CEO of the Chamber Jeffersontown. “We are more excited about this year’s Gaslight Festival than ever before.”

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