Downtown Lexington welcomes Heritage and Roots Festival Friday

By Laura Shrake | Assistant News Editor

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Celebrating 25 years of diversity is the name of the game this weekend at Lexington’s Roots and Heritage Festival.

About 50,000 people are expected at the annual event, which includes live music, a youth talent show, and a barber and beauty competition, said Danielle Meadows, marketing coordinator for the festival.

“We have events that reach out to all different ages and types of people,” Meadows said. “We want to show that we are rooted in the community and are committed to the people.”

The festival, which begins Friday, will include a parade along Elm Tree Lane on Saturday as well as local and regional vendors at the corner of Elm Tree Lane and Third Street in downtown Lexington.

New to this year’s festival is a health and beauty event, which will offer 20 booths of health screenings, exercise demos, healthy food samples and a beauty bar, Meadows said.

For more information on the Roots and Heritage Festival, visit Though most events are this weekend, other events will continue throughout September.