Derby

kdf derby festival logo

LouisvilleKY’s first Kentucky Derby Festival Event is this week

FIRST DERBY FESTIVAL EVENT OF 2017 THIS WEEK ‘FESTIVAL UNVEILED’ FEATURES ROSE JULEP CONTEST AND KENTUCKY CUISINE   February 28, 2017, Louisville, KY. The Kentucky Derby Festival is counting down to spring. Their first official event of 2017 – Festival Unveiled – is this Thursday, March 2, at a new location, the Tim Faulkner Gallery.  The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon are the Presenting Sponsors of this pre-Festival party.   “Festival Unveiled” will showcase several elements of the upcoming Festival.  In addition to the 2017 Official Poster and Merchandise line, guests will…


rumble2 high res

LouisvilleKY to host KDF robotics competition

IU SOUTHEAST, DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION TEAM UP WITH JCPS FOR ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT TEAMS AROUND REGION INVITED TO PARTICIPATE   February 20, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Get ready to ROBORUMBLE! Indiana University Southeast is partnering with the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and Jefferson Country Public Schools to bring a regional STEM robotics competition to the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival schedule. The Indiana University Southeast RoboRumble Regional Robotic Tournament, set for Saturday, March 4, will allow students to design, build and compete with robots. Students and teams from Jefferson County schools, as well as around the region are invited to participate. The…


B-2 Stealth Bomber

Stealth Fighter returns to LouisvilleKY for Thunder

Louisville, KY.  – 64 days out to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – and the air show line-up continues to grow. This year’s show, set for Saturday, April 22, will feature the F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighter in its first-ever Thunder appearance. The F-35 is the newest United States Air Force fighter and will be part of Thunder’s salute to the 70th Anniversary of the U.S.A.F.   The B-2 Stealth Bomber will also return to the show for the first time since 2012, along with the U.S. Army Golden Knights who last performed…


kdf derby festival logo

LouisvilleKY’s Derby Basketball classic releases 2017 roster

Louisville, KY.   – Tickets for the 45th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 17. The high school all-star game will feature the next class of Cards, Cats and Hoosiers. The game is set for Saturday, April 15, at Freedom Hall. This year’s roster includes University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signees Aljami Durham, Clifton Moore, Jr. and Justin Smith.  The remainder of the roster will be Top 50 rated recruits from the Nation’s top college basketball programs and will…


Pegasus Pins 1

The 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Pins have arrived in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.   – It’s a sure sign of spring!  The first shipment of the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pins arrived this morning at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street. It’s the first place you can purchase a 2017 Pegasus Pin beginning today. Heaven Hill Distillery has also produced a special Evan Williams Single Barrel Gold Pegasus Pin Edition bottle to commemorate the 45th edition of the collectable pins. The bottle features a Gold Pegasus Pin sealed in wax atop each bottle. “The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is proud to partner with the Kentucky Derby Festival to share the unique Kentucky…


DerbyBurgerLogoCircle_2017

February 13, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Do you have a winning burger recipe?  The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Starting today hamburger recipes will be accepted for submission in the sixth annual “Derby Burger Challenge,” sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can be submitted online at www.kdf.org/beef from now to March 5, 2017.  All burgers must be 100 percent beef.   “Kentucky’s Beef Farmers are looking forward to another great partnership with the Kentucky Derby Festival to crown the sixth Derby Burger winner and celebrate Kentucky’s love for a…


KDF Fanatic

Is there KDF fanatic in LouisvilleKY? KDF and Kentucky Lottery are looking for one

    February 13, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – The Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to find the 2017 Festival Fanatic! One lucky winner, as part of a second-chance promotion, will have the opportunity to claim a prize package that includes nine individual Festival experiences ranging from being the Thundernator for Thunder Over Louisville to seats on Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs. Plus, as part of the celebration of the Bluegrass State’s 225th anniversary, the winner receives an overnight stay at a Kentucky State Park Resort of their choice and a golf package.   “The Festival Fanatic…


1973PegasusPin

Kentucky Derby Festival’s pin goes retro

  February 3, 2017. Louisville, KY.  They say what’s old is new again, and that’s the case with this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pin. This year’s design is a throwback to the original Pegasus Pin designed in 1973. The plastic pin features a cutout design with a warm red colored Pegasus in the center, surrounded by gray, white and teal colors. Beginning in March, the pins will be available to the public and will sell for $6 each at 1,000 retail locations. The price at the entrance to events will be $7.   “Funds raised from the Pegasus Pin…


2017 Thunder Poster

LouisvilleKY’s big fireworks show goes local

Louisville, KY.  – 80 days and counting to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The Festival announced the theme of this year’s show and named the event’s sponsors at their headquarters this morning. This year’s theme – “Thunder: Local & Original” – is a nod to the show’s Louisville heritage. The theme will also help direct the fireworks soundtrack which will feature the music of Louisville and Kentuckiana natives.   “Going on the 28th year for the event, Thunder is a true Louisville original,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “We couldn’t think…


kdf derby festival logo

More Derby Festival events this year for LouisvilleKY

DERBY FESTIVAL ADDS NEW EVENTS FOR 2017   January 31, 2017. Louisville, KY.  We’re only 81 days away from the Kentucky Derby Festival and this year fans can look forward to some new events planned for the annual spring celebration. The Festival is adding everything from a STEM robotics competition and Soccer Tournament to a Bocce competition and a Bourbon tasting for the 2017 line-up of Official Derby Festival events. They will round out the Festival’s schedule of more than 70 events produced each year in the weeks leading up to the first Saturday in May.   “We continue to…