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all Kentucky Derby Festival tickets go on sale next week in Louisville Ky

Louisville, KY. – Tickets for Kentucky Derby Festival events go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 29. To purchase tickets call the Derby Festival Hotline at (502) 584-FEST between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or order online at 24 hours/7 days a week. “We have another exciting line-up of events on this year’s Derby Festival schedule,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO.  “Many of our ticketed events sell out quickly, so we encourage Festival fans to purchase tickets early for the best availability.” Tickets to these events on sale on Monday,…

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Louisville Ky’s Churchill Downs Partners with Sports Commerce Leader Fanatics

Fanatics to Provide Better Multichannel Experience for the Kentucky Derby Through Enhanced On-Site and e-Commerce Platform   February 22, 2015 – SILICON VALLEY – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced a multi-year agreement with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, to exclusively operate both online and on-site retail for the Kentucky Derby race weekend, starting with the 2016 event.  “Churchill Downs is thrilled to partner with Fanatics, who delivers impressive and diverse product offerings along with a shopper-friendly experience,” said Kristin Warfield, Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Vice President of Partnerships. “We believe our fans will truly benefit from Fanatics’ seamless online…

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: In Which Mary Lou’s Viagra Bill Catches Fire

Yes, thank you very much for the 60 degree weather this weekend. Should be great for the Tailspin Ale Fest, where I’ll be pouring beers and enjoying the sold-out event. It starts at 3 Saturday at Bowman Field, so come on out after the weekend’s other big event — the Cards’ game with Duke, featuring a celebration of the 1986 NCAA champs, the team with Milt Wagner, Billy Thompson and Robbie Valentine. Robbie is now an executive at the KFC Yum! Center and will be our speaker at the next Breakfast of Champions, March 8 at the University Club. Sign…

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Nominations now open for Louisville Ky’s Kentucky Oaks Survivor’s parade

142 Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors to Participate in Kentucky Derby Event LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Racetrack and its charitable partners Bright Pink® and Horses and Hope today announced that the online nomination process to select 142 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the 2016 Survivors Parade is open to the public. To nominate and select survivors to champion breast and ovarian health in this year’s Survivors Parade Nominations and selections end on March 15. The 142 participants will be announced on the website on March 16 and receive two seats to the 2016…

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New Luxury jet company wins Churchill Downs contract to fly guests in and out of Louisville Ky

Photos from Sentient Jet’s Facebook Page. BRAINTREE, MA and LOUISVILLE, KY – February 15, 2016 – Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company, is pleased to announce that it has been named the Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks, and Churchill Downs Racetrack, the home track to both events and an eight-time host of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a longtime Sentient Jet partner. As part of the multi-year agreement, Sentient Jet will offer exclusive benefits to Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks guests and introduce a new Kentucky Derby-themed flight card. The card will include premier…

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Hey Louisville Ky burger makers! Think you got the best burger? Here’s your chance to prove it

Kentucky Derby Festival and Kentucky Beef Council 2016 Derby Burger Challenge is now accepting recipes 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 fifth annual “Derby Burger Challenge,” sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can be submitted online at until March 6, 2016.  All burgers must be 100 percent beef. Derby Festival and burger fans can help choose the finalists in the competition. In March, 8 preliminary finalists will be…

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Louisville Ky artist selected as Derby Festival’s 2016 Poster artist

Louisville, Ky., – The Kentucky Derby Festival has selected nationally renowned artist, Kathy Sullivan, as the Official Poster Artist for the 2016 Derby Festival. The artwork will be featured throughout the Festival’s Official Poster and Merchandise line in 2016. Sullivan’s image goes to print this Friday, February 12, at 9:30 a.m. at Impressions Incorporated, 2500 Constant Comment Place in Louisville. It will be unveiled publicly for the first time at Festival Unveiled on March 2. Kathy Sullivan emerged on the painting scene via her unconventional roots in art therapy. As an expressive therapist, Sullivan learned the unconditional sense of expressive acceptance through her clients….

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Sponsors announced for Louisville Ky’s Thunder over Louisville

February 9, 2016 Louisville, KY.  – Six companies are returning to sponsor this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies.  Derby Festival made the announcement at their headquarters this morning.  Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero are all Presenting Sponsors of the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville fireworks and air show to be held on Saturday, April 23, along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown. In addition to the six presenting sponsors, Ford Motor Company returns as sponsor of Ford’s Thunder on the Ground. “Without the support of these generous sponsors,…

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Louisville Ky’s museum outreach mission achieved

Kentucky Derby Museum completes mission to bring equine and Derby education to students in each of the 120 Kentucky counties Education Outreach Program celebrates completion of 15 year goal at Carroll County Middle School LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Since 2000, Kentucky Derby Museum’s Education Outreach Program has been on a mission to bring lessons in math, science, economics and history to students in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties, using the Kentucky Derby and the Thoroughbred racing industry as a fun hook. The Museum’s educators have made 933 school visits to 426 different schools across Kentucky. Overall, the Museum estimates the education…

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Louisville Ky’s Fund for the Arts campaign underway

New partnerships with Churchill Downs and Jennifer Lawrence Foundation to raise funds for Louisville arts community   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 2, 2016) – The Fund for the Arts today kicked off its 2016 annual campaign and announced new partnerships with Churchill Downs and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc. The new partnerships bring added star power to the Fund for the Arts’ 2016 campaign to help expand the reach and impact of the arts across Louisville.   The partnership with Churchill Downs will celebrate and raise money for Louisville’s arts community during…