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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…


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Harry Connick Jr to visit LouisvilleKY for the singing of the National Anthem at Derby

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 12, 2017 – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.   The multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer and host and executive producer of his own nationally syndicated entertainment show HARRY, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live for more than 160,000 fans at the Kentucky Derby. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky…


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LouisvilleKYMusic Industry Now Has Derby Week Red Carpet Event

Louisville, KY., – Louisville will see it’s first Derby week red carpet event just for music industry professionals aboard the Belle of Louisville from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2nd, 2017 thanks to Eastwood Records, Genius Loves Company, Redbull, Rose Blade Creative Gardens and Elektra.Tech. The Louisville Muse Cruise is an annual invitation only event for the Louisville music industry to become more connected in order to create stronger industry in Kentucky. Some proceeds will benefit musicians through a partnership with  local non-profit Musician’s Emergency Resource Foundation. Although the event is focused on the Kentucky industry,  there have been some…


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Kentucky Derby Festival is kicking into high gear in LouisvilleKY

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from the Kentucky Derby Festival: More information can also be found at kdf.org.   Task competition to determine winner of the 2017 Great Steamboat Race   Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2017 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 3, on the Ohio River. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati also participated in a Four Roses Bourbon tasting to determine which single-barrel bourbons would be served aboard each vessel during the race. The Four Roses barrel coded HW 48-4J was…


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LouisvilleKY’s oldest KDF event has announced its parade line-up

  Louisville, KY.  – The line-up is set for the 2017 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.  Floats and inflatable units participating in this year’s parade drew for positions at a special event Monday night at the Ice House. “Louisville on the Move” will be the theme for the Derby Festival’s oldest event, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, May 4th.   “This year’s theme is twofold with both a health focus, as well as a nod to how the city continues to grow and progress,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “There are many different ways to…


2017 Mint Julep cup

Woodford Reserve Celebrates Derby with $1,000 Mint Julep Cup just unveiled in LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Woodford Reserve today reveals its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby® benefiting the Kentucky Derby Museum. Now in its 12th year, the 2017 Cup pays tribute to the British-inspired Kentucky Derby offering a quintessential julep crafted by Woodford Reserve Global Ambassador, Tom Vernon. This year’s cup, recipe and experience is presented under the theme: The Sport of Kings… and Queen(s). In 1872, Churchill Downs founder Meriwether Lewis Clark traveled to England to attend the Epsom Derby – a popular horse race attended by British royalty and high society. Upon returning to…


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LouisvilleKy has a new Queen

Louisville, KY.  – With the traditional spin of a wheel Natalie Brown of Crestwood, KY, was named the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen tonight at the 59thannual Fillies Derby Ball at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Natalie, 21-years-old, is a Senior at the University of Louisville majoring in Communications. She is a Trustees Scholar, Honors Scholar, on the Student Orientation Staff and serves as a Cardinal Ambassador. Natalie hosts a Student News Show at UofL and also volunteers for Heuser Hearing Institute with the Delta Zeta Sorority.   This year’s Derby Festival Princesses anxiously awaited the traditional spin-of-the-wheel, performed by Fillies…


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Inaugural Culinary Kickoff is off to the races in LouisvilleKY

  All-Star Celebrity Chefs Come Together to Raise Funds for the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday, May 4, 2017 Featuring celebrity chefs Todd English (PBS’ Food Trip with Todd English), Beau MacMillan (Food Network), Damaris Phillips (Food Network) and elite vintners, followed by a special live performance honoring Muhammad Ali.   Louisville, KY, – The Inaugural Culinary Kickoff will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 North Sixth Street in Louisville on Thursday, May 4th from 6pm – 2am. Celebrity chefs Todd English, Beau MacMillan, Damaris Phillips, will prepare a four-course meal for an intimate group of food and wine enthusiasts. Wine…


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Kentucky Derby Winner Trophy now in LouisvilleKY just waiting for a winner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 5, 2017) – The coveted solid gold 2017 Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy is now at Churchill Downs Racetrack, awaiting its formal presentation to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that is victorious in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. The 14-karat gold trophy – a prize that is deemed “priceless” by the historic racetrack that presents it and the owners, trainers and jockeys who pursue it – will have a secure home in the Kentucky Derby Museum, located adjacent to the racetrack, until the running of the Derby….


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Official LouisvilleKY’s Kentucky Derby Fan-To-Fan Resale Site Live For 2017 Tickets

Only Online Platform Where Fans Can Buy and Resell Verified Tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Powered by Ticketmaster LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) has announced the 2017 opening of the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster, the only online resale marketplace to provide fans with a secure, reliable and convenient place to buy and resell tickets to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks. As the Derby’s only authorized resale platform, the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange guarantees that fans will receive legitimate, Ticketmaster Verified tickets. The Kentucky Derby encourages fans seeking…