ESPN’S Hanna Storm to visit Louisville to help kick off Derby Festival

Louisville, KY. – ESPN’s Hannah Storm, current anchor for SportsCenter, will be the featured speaker at the 63rd Annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 12. The luncheon, first held in 1957, serves as the time-honored kick-off to each year’s Festival. It’s the second-oldest event on the Festival schedule. An award-winning journalist, producer, and director, Hannah Storm, is a pioneer in broadcasting, a published author, an advocate for children suffering from debilitating vascular birthmarks, and, most importantly, a mother. In 2018, Storm made broadcasting history when she became the play-by-play voice of Amazon Prime Video’s, Thursday Night Football 2018 season….

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KDF releases LouisvilleKY concert schedule

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Waterfront Jam returns Thursday, April 25, at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The concert series includes more than two dozen local and regional bands and 7 national concerts on two stages. Admission to all shows is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin ($6 at retail locations and $7 at the entrance to events). Special VIP Viewing Presented by Mr. Roof is available for select shows for $25, online at Kroger sponsors the Waterfront Jam. The Waterfront Jam concerts on the Great Stage include: Belterra Casino Resort Concert Featuring Chris Lane on Friday, April 26, at 9 p.m….

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LouisvilleKy sees race medal for the first time

Louisville, KY.   – Runners participating in this year’s Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon will take home a finisher’s medal they helped design. Derby Festival Officials unveiled the 2019 race medal last week at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The medal features the museum and “The Big Bat” – the world’s largest baseball bat, while the medal ribbon highlights names of landmarks seen along the course. This is the first in a series of four medals to feature a different landmark or iconic symbol of Louisville. The series from 2019 to 2022 is being created based on feedback race officials have gathered…

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LouisvilleKY’s first Kentucky Derby Festival event kicks off this week

Louisville, KY. –  A Kentucky Derby Festival favorite returns this week to help usher in spring. Festival Unveiled is Thursday, March 14, at the Mellwood Arts Center. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses are the Presenting Sponsors of this pre-Festival party. “Festival Unveiled” will showcase several elements of the 2019 Festival. In addition to the 2019 Official Poster and Merchandise line, guests will also receive the Official Program with complete details of this year’s Festival. While enjoying the evening, guests have an opportunity to bid on a silent auction of framed posters. In conjunction…

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Search is on for KDF’s new leader

Louisville, KY.   – For the first time in more than two decades, the Kentucky Derby Festival is looking for a new leader to oversee one of the world’s largest community celebrations.  This comes on the heels of current CEO Michael Berry’s planned retirement after 22 years on the job.  “The Kentucky Derby Festival has experienced unprecedented growth over the past several years,” said Marita Willis, 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Chair. “We’re looking for someone who has the passion and vision to continue growing the Festival in the years to come.”  A KDF search committee, comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and professional…

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LouisvilleKy’s Battle of the Belles set for May 1st

Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2019 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 1, on the Ohio River. Details of this year’s race were announced at a press conference this morning. Two boats will compete for bragging rights on the Ohio River in 2019 – the hometown Belle of Louisville and her rival from up river, the Belle of Cincinnati.  The 14-mile course on the Ohio River starts and finishes at the Clark Memorial Bridge. In a new twist, 2 VIPs will be retrieved from the shoreline before the boats turn at Captains Quarters to race back…

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Bats To Re-Brand As ‘Derby City Mint Juleps’ For two LouisvilleKY Games in 2019

Louisville, KY – The Louisville Bats, in partnership with Four Roses Bourbon, announced in a press conference at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday morning that the team will re-brand as the Derby City Mint Juleps for two games during the 2019 season. The team will wear special Mint Juleps caps and jerseys on two home dates: Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 against the Gwinnett Stripers (Thunder at Slugger Day), as well as Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 against the Norfolk Tides. The Mint Juleps kick off the celebration of Derby Season on Thunder at Slugger Day with Mint Juleps for sale, coming in commemorative logoed Derby City Mint Julep 15 oz. cups, on both…

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LouisvilleKY restaurant to test new idea with Derby Week pop-up

OLÉ HOSPITALITY GROUP TEASING NEW STEAK & BOURBON CONCEPT WITH DERBY WEEK POP-UP Photos from Steak & Bourbon’s Facebook page… LOUISVILLE, KY—Olé Hospitality Group, the creative force behind Mussel & Burger Bar, Artesano Vino Tapas y Mas, Taco Luchador, Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana announced today a special Derby week Pop-up to whet Louisville’s appetite for their long-anticipated new concept, Steak & Bourbon: An American Grill.  April 30 – May 4, Olé will be serving up Steak & Bourbon’s menu at Artesano Vino Tapas y Mas in Wesport Village at 1321 Herr Ln #130. “We are offering very limited reservations as something fun to celebrate the best…

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Robots return to LouisvilleKY this weekend

DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY  Louisville, KY. – Get ready to ROBORUMBLE! The 2019 Samtec RoboRumble Regional Robotic Tournament returns this Saturday, March 2, at Marion C. Moore High School. The tournament hosted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools challenges students and teams to design, build and compete with robots. The competition begins at 9 AM with the awards ceremony following at 3 PM.   “Samtec is proud to once again sponsor the KDF Foundation RoboRumble Robotic Tournament,” said John Hynes, Director of Product Marketing. “We are committed to supporting STEM programs that will encourage…

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LouisvilleKY’s spring season arrives Friday with KDF tickets officially going on sale

Louisville, KY. – It’s time to start planning for spring and the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival! Tickets for Festival events will be on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1. To purchase tickets order online at 24 hours/7 days a week. For questions, call the Derby Festival Hotline at (502) 584-FEST. Tickets for these events go fast, be sure to reserve yours today! “We know everyone is ready for spring and we have another packed line-up of events they can look forward to enjoying,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO.  “Many of our ticketed events sell out.  We encourage Festival…


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