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Forecastle's second day draws large crowds

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Thousands of music lovers and more gathered on Louisville's waterfront for the second day of the city's largest music festival.

Forecastle is not just about the music. It also has an impact on environmental problems.

On Saturday it was the continuous sound of music from all directions from the four stages in Waterfront Park.

Many of those who come here are from out of town.

Zach Peiffer in his colorful shirt made the drive from Pittsburgh and is staying in a local hotel.

He was impressed not only with all of the music acts but liked the air conditioned Bourbon Lounge.

"It's beautiful they have some many types of bourbon," Peiffer told WDRB News. "They represent the Kentucky Bourbon Trail."

The festival expects more than the 60,000 people who attended last year.

But behind all the music, food and fun there is also a serious side to Forecastle.

You can find out all about it in a booth where festival goers can learn about the non-profit arm of Forecastle, the Forecastle Foundation.

Its mission is to help save the world's most threatened animal and plant habitats.

"Usually they don't know we exist," says Forecastle Foundation board member April Perkins, who was working the booth on Saturday. "They are like 'who are you and what do you do?'And our response is that we are the activation arm of the festival, so the festival is music, art and activism."

Earlier this month, before the festival began, we spoke with founder JK McKnight about the foundation's purpose.

"Our goal is to work locally and globally on projects that are really of critical importance in terms of preserving areas that really need to be around for future generations," McKnight said.

Last year the foundation gave $30,000 for conservation projects in Brazil and near Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky.

People at the festival are invited to to contribute to the cause through donations and buying raffle tickets for various prizes.

$1 from every ticket sold to get in Forecastle is donated to the foundation.

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