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Mornings at Churchill with the Contenders and Wagner’s

The magic of Derby Week is best exemplified in the pre-dawn mist any morning on the backside at Churchill Downs. Walk in from Longfield, and you see the effort it takes to stage the sport’s premier event. The beautiful beasts you encounter in the few hundred yards walking are bigger than you’d expect. They’re lively, too, heads bobbing through their stables, neighs heard from near and far away. You see exercise riders atop their steeds, guiding the stars of the show back and forth to the racing surface. Grooms pace around barns leading thoroughbreds by their bridles. You see the famous names on…


Damaris Phillips will prepare a special dessert

Esquire Magazine Sponsoring Back-to-Back Derby Events

Partygoers looking for the ultimate Derby experience are invited to attend back-to-back events with Esquire beginning on Thursday, May 4, with the Inaugural Culinary Kickoff and continuing on Friday, May 5, with the Esquire Derby Gala. Both events will offer lavish food and beverage offerings. The Inaugural Culinary Kickoff will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 N Sixth Street in Louisville on Thursday, May 4 from 6PM – 2AM. Celebrity chefs Todd English, Beau MacMillan, and Damaris Phillips will prepare a three-course meal for an intimate group of food and wine enthusiasts. Wine pairings will be provided by…


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Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is officially open on LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront

Louisville, KY., – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront is open and will run through Friday, May 5.  Fest-A-Ville is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.   Also, thanks to Churchill Downs, Inc., there will be free admission today. So, for Thursday only, patrons will not need a Pegasus Pin to enter Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. This ultimate entertainment experience features the Waterfront Jam with national talent, family fun, food vendors, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Admission is a 2017 Pegasus Pin. Kroger is Title Sponsor of the event, with Contributing Sponsor…


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KDF to honor LouisvilleKY’s favorite son at it’s Kick-off luncheon

April 19, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – Each year, the Kentucky Derby Festival presents the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award, a tradition since 1962, to an individual or organization for their outstanding service to the community. This year’s award will be given to honor the Muhammad Ali Center. The award will be presented at the 61st annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel. Along with the award, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation – the Derby Festival’s charitable arm – will also present a $5,000 check to the Center.   “While we mourn…


Thunder on the Ground

LouisvilleKY’s Thunder is more than just fireworks

DON’T MISS THUNDER ON THE GROUND   Louisville, KY. You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville this year than simply look to the sky. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Ford’s Thunder on the Ground activities will offer numerous ways to entertain friends and family members as well. From the Thunder FoodFest to the Interactive Display Area to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore to be found all over the venue. Some attractions require a 2017 Pegasus Pin admission, but some activities are completely free. Most are open from 11:00 a.m….


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Top Chef alums visit LouisvilleKy’s Decca for late-night Derby Eve party May 5

  Chef Annie Pettry hosts fellow contestants for Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 17, 2017) – – – Chef Annie Pettry will host fellow competitors from last season’s Top Chef: Charleston for a special Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge at Decca Friday, May 5 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Revelers can mingle with Katsuji Tanabe, Gerald Sombright, season winner Brooke Williamson and other surprise guests while enjoying old-school hip-hop music from DJ Ryan Rugger, drink specials and a one-night-only late-night menu of the chefs’ favorite snacks, all under $10….


Thunder Over Louisville

Attention LouisvilleKY: Clark Memorial Bridge to close THURSDAY for Thunder

Louisville, KY.  The Clark Memorial/2nd Street Bridge will close Thursday, April 20, in preparation for Thunder Over Louisville.   CLARK MEMORIAL/2ND STREET BRIDGE CLOSURES THUNDER WEEK:   Thursday, April 20th:  9:30 a.m. – CLOSED thru Sunday at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21st: CLOSED ALL DAY Saturday, April 22nd: CLOSED ALL DAY Sunday, April 23rd: CLOSED Midnight to 2:00 p.m.   BIG FOUR PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE:   The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge will be closed from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, for the air show practice window. On Thunder day (Saturday), it will also close at 9 a.m. until…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation Announces Charitable Raffles During Kentucky Derby Week

DERBY FANS ACROSS THE NATION INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RAFFLES TO SUPPORT THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE AND OTHER CHARITABLE INITIATIVES LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Raffle drawings that will be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days. For each raffle, participants will have the chance to win half of that day’s raffle sales, with the other half of the day’s raffle proceeds going toward the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation in support of its charitable initiatives, including Thoroughbred aftercare, arts and educational…


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Here’s another round-up of LouisvilleKY’s Kentucky Derby Festival’s latest news

FUTURE CAT, CARDS AND HOOSIERS STAND OUT AT BASKETBALL CLASSIC Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 4,812 was on hand Saturday night at Freedom Hall as Team Lightning defeated Team Thunder 122-109 in the 44th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (University of Kentucky) was named Team Lightning MVP. WKU signee Taveion Hollingsworth was named MVP of Team Thunder. Xavier signee Naji Marshall was named the “Fan Favorite” in online voting by fans and spectators at the game. This year’s game featured top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees…


2017 Festival Fanatic Mary Hager

LouisvilleKy’s Thundernator has been named

  April 13, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Through a special second chance promotion sponsored by the Kentucky Lottery, Brandenburg, KY resident Mary Hager won the opportunity to be this year’s Festival Fanatic for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival.  As part of her big win, Hager will serve as the Thundernator for the Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies:  Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 22.  Hager will provide the Thunder countdown and “zero” ignition to activate the Thunder launch system sequence in the Command Center at the Galt House Hotel. Additionally, Mary receives nine other Festival VIP experiences including a ride down…