LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 65,000 are expected to crowd the Great Lawn for the 16th annual Forecastle Festival on Friday.

Crews are busy already setting up stages and booths in downtown Louisville. And new this year are amusement rides like a Ferris wheel, which are also being set up over the next few days.

Some big acts are scheduled to take the stage for the three-day festival including Chris Stapelton, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse.

Waterfront Park is closed to the public until Friday as crews set up. These crews are dealing with the heat and humidity, which is something organizers will be ready for this weekend like they are every year. Water stations will be set up and people can bring in one sealed bottle of water per person.

Something new organizers are facing this year is the hepatitis A outbreak, according to festival spokesman James Shinault.

“All of our food vendors are up to code. They all go through the board of health and make sure that they’re all certified to serve food. These guys are traveling all over the country, a majority of them, or they’re all local here, so they’re aware of the things that are going on," he said.

Forecastle kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. CLICK here for ticket information and a schedule of bands and music.


A part of the proceeds from the festival support the Forecastle Foundation, which works to find and protect 12 of the most ecologically diverse and endangered areas of the planet. 

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