For over 25 years the weekend following Labor Day — the Roots and Heritage Festival has been a pinnacle of regional diversity providing entertainment & education for all ages. We invite you to join us and celebrate our rich heritage at our month-long events.
The colorful pageantry of the festival, combined with its high quality offerings of cultural and educational programs, has earned its recognition as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and One of the Top Ten Festivals in Kentucky.We invite you to join us!
The Roots and Heritage Festival showcases the regions most diverse vendors from food, clothing, literature, music and art. Vendors can download our Vendor Application. We also offer an information line at 859.276.3262 for you convenience.
We encourage our vendors to purchase an official Roots & Heritage T-shirt and further support our festival of diversity.
NOTE: NO LONGER ACCEPTING FOOD VENDORS AS OF 9/7/15.
Shop the diverse vendors along the one mile stretch of the historic open market place!
Saturday Sept 12, 2015
12:00pm - 4:00pm
KidsFest Sponsored by Passport Health Plan
It’s ALL about the kids! Join us for a FULL DAY near the corner of Short and Elm Tree Lane from 12pm-5pm. KidsFest is bigger than ever this year with many activities for children to learn play and grow!
The R&B group hails from Pasadena, California. The group has had five number one singles and ten top ten singles on the Billboard R&B Charts.They have also completed five albums, which include three certified gold and one certified platinum albums.
The group consisted of members Steve Russell, Allen McNeil, John Harreld, Rodney Benford and Reggie Warren.
Their hits songs included “Mamacita”, “Spread My Wings, “All I Do Is Think of You”, “Sweet November”, “I’m Not Souped”, “That’s My Attitude” to name a few.
The group is currently working on new music and touring. They recently did a surprise apperance on the 2014 BET Awards performing in a flashback segment along with Silk and Color Me Badd.
The D Funk All-stars are an old school funk band specializing in the” Dayton sound.”
Originall from Dayton OH the band consists of players: John Watson – drums, Deron Bell – keys, Micheal Allemby – alto sax, JT Fedrick – Tenor Sax, Billy Ward – trumpet, Tony Allen – guitar, Sonja Milsap – vox, Shauni Maque Merriweather – vox Ronald (Peanut) Frost Bass and Ronald Nooks on Keyboard.
Gary ‘Lil G’ Jenkins is the lead singer of the multi-platinum world-renown R&B recording group Silk and co-star of the hit Tyler Perry stageplay “Madea’s Family Reunion.”
While attending Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Gary majored in music, with an emphasis in piano and voice. As a member of the prestigious TSU Jazz Collegians, he was selected to accompany Dizzy Gillespie on piano during Gillespie’s visit to the school. He also appeared in several opera productions and performed with the TSU marching band.
In addition to ongoing solo singing performances with the Salty Suga Band, stage play performances and touring with Silk, Gary is also a member of the R&B supergroup, Blayse, along with Marc Nelson and Tony Grant formerly of Az Yet and Terrell Phillips formerly of Blackstreet.
Sjuwana Byers Springfield
Sjuwana hails from one of the south’s regional hotbeds for gospel music, The Great State of Alabama. Alabama is home to hundreds if not thousands of regional gospel artists that go from community to community spreading good southern gospel.
For many years of her young life, Sjuwana was part of this kind of culture. Just Havin’ Church (their first Rampart Street release) aptly fits the description for having a good ole “camp meeting time,” anywhere the Spirit hits you. It’s just the make-up of the South, even today. In the early 80’s her family moved from the South to the North (Cincinnati, Ohio) for economic reasons. One of the things she missed most in the North was the way they used to have church back home in Alabama. She decided to form her own group, something that would be close to what she was accustomed. In this way, she could transplant the south to the North.
In May 1997 Sjuwana Byers formed Children of God. The group consists of mostly family members. Sjuwana has arranged that everybody in her family either sing or play an instrument. The group signed with internationally acclaimed rampart Street Music label and has made appearances all over the country, even abroad in Italy, France and Sicily. Their first release “JUST HAVIN’ CHURCH” topped the charts in Florida, Alabama, Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, and in the Carolinas. Their second release on Rampart Street Music, “ALIVE IN GREENVIL Italy did equally well with the regional radio stations and is a big hit in Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas.
They have released a total of four cd’s all of which hit the charts and they are currently working on their fifth cd, soon to be released. Sjuwana and COG have shared the stage with other great artist as Lisa Knowles, Tim Rodgers, Lee Williams, Doc Mckenzie, Darrell McFadden, Vashawn Mitchell, and Kim Burrell, just to name a few. They have appeared on the Bobby Jones show and the Bobby Hearn show in Atlanta.
Our month long events represents an exceptional opportunity to put your company’s brand in front of a wide audience that could have direct interest in your products. By becoming one of our sponsors, you have the chance to reach a unique targeted audience and demonstrate your businesses diverse activism within the local community.