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LouisvilleKY’s famous balloonfest kicks off this week

Louisville, KY.  – The U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest returns this week with five hot-air balloon events over the course of three days. It lifts off tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, April 28. The balloon festivities kick-off on Thursday, April 26, with the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Charity Race. Scheduled for lift off from Bowman Field at 7 a.m., it’s the first balloon event on the Festival’s schedule this year. The Charity Race will pit local celebrities against each other, as they try to win $1,000 for their charity of choice, donated by the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Foundation. The celebrities will…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous track sponsors free opening day for Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s ultimate entertainment venue – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront – opens on Thursday, April 26. Thanks to Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation, there will be free admission on opening day. On Thursday ONLY, patrons will not need a Pegasus Pin to enter Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The venue boasts a full schedule of events again this year which span nine days, including the Waterfront Jam with nearly 30 local and regional bands and 7 national act concerts on two stages; 100 different food and drink vendors; and five full service bars. “The Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation is excited to sponsor the…


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KDF to host health fair this week at Fourth Street Live!

Louisville, KY.   –   WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), returns in 2018 as Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Health Fair in a new exciting venue. The event will take place on Thursday, April 26th at Fourth Street Live! from 4pm-8pm. The 11th annual Health Fair features head-to-toe screenings as well as health-related exhibits and activities families with children will find educational and entertaining – including an appearance by Doc McStuffins as well as other fun characters and entertainers. Walgreens will also provide free Hepatitis A vaccinations (limited quantity available). Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. Children under…


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Downtown LouisvilleKY Lane Closures mean minor lane changes for KDF Mini and Marathon

Race Registration Closes at Midnight on April 24th Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival is re-routing a small portion of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/Marathon presented by Humana due to recent lane closures on Main Street between 4th and 7th Streets. The races are set for this Saturday, April 28. The changes will affect runners in both the mini and Marathon within the first two miles as runners are diverted around the construction along Main Street. Runners will instead go west on Market Street. “All downtown traffic is being rerouted on Main Street in this area and the Kentucky Derby Festival is no exception,” said Shanna Ward, Race…


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Sentient Jet Announces Exclusive Kentucky Derby Experiences in LouisvilleKY

Experiences Include Breakfast Hosted by Brand Ambassador Bobby Flay and Derby Air Service The Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby®, Kentucky Oaks®, and Churchill Downs® offers the most luxurious way to experience the races for third consecutive year QUINCY, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company, today announces its plans for the 2018 Kentucky Derby as the Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Longines Kentucky Oaks, and Churchill Downs Racetrack for the third year in a row. A longtime supporter of the horseracing community, Sentient Jet once again offers the most luxurious way to experience “the most exciting two minutes in…


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Soundtrack ready for LouisvilleKY’s favorite fireworks show

Louisville, KY.  – Thunder Officials ran their first sound check of this year’s fireworks soundtrack in the Command Center this morning. This year’s theme – “A Disco Thunder” – celebrates disco music. The theme helps direct the songs featured in the fireworks soundtrack, which will include class hits from the 1970’s. “It’s a groovy soundtrack, featuring artists from the Bee Gees and Diana Ross to Gloria Gaynor and Barry White,” said Mike Berry, Derby Festival President and CEO. “It’s one of the best soundtracks we’ve had for the show. It will have everyone ready to boogie on the Waterfront Saturday night!” Thunder…


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LouisvilleKY’s popular KDF $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One gets underway this week

Louisville, KY.  – It’s time to take your shot at $1 million! The Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest opens Thursday, April 19, and runs through Sunday, April 29. The contest will take place at the Seneca Golf Course Driving Range off Pee Wee Reese Road. There will be 10 days of preliminary qualifying rounds and a Semi-final Round on Sunday, April 29. The preliminary competition is open 10 AM to 8:30 PM everyday from April 19 – April 28, except for April 21, when it will be closed for Thunder Over Louisville. The last day for preliminary competition is Sunday, April 29,…


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New Derby Festival Queen crowned in LouisvilleKY

 Louisville, KY.  – With the traditional spin of a wheel Tara Dunaway of Leitchfield, KY, was named the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen tonight at the 60th annual Fillies Derby Ball at The Galt House. Tara, 21-years-old, is a Junior at the University of Louisville where she is majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Management. She is a College of Business Student Council Member and serves as the Chairman of Outreach, has been named to the Dean’s List multiple times, and has studied in numerous countries including England and Austria. Tara also volunteers at Portland Elementary and has participated in mission trips to…


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LouisvilleKY’s Four Roses releases Thunder Bourbon Bottle

Louisville, KY. – In celebration of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies, Thunder Over Louisville, Four Roses has released a Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon Bottle featuring the iconic Thunder Over Louisville logo. Four Roses is also the Official Bourbon of Thunder Over Louisville. The limited edition bottle, priced at $44.99, is exclusively available now at Cox Smoker’s Outlet and Spirit Shoppe, as well as Cox’s Evergreen Liquors. Thunder fans and bourbon connoisseurs will also have the opportunity to have their bottles signed by Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott and Senior Brand Ambassador and Bourbon legend Al Young.   The signings…


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Woodford Reserve® Celebrates the Best of Kentucky with 2018 Kentucky Derby® $1,000 Mint Julep Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Woodford Reserve®, the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby®, today reveals its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby® benefiting the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund. Now in its 13th year, the 2018 Cup pays tribute to Kentucky by offering a quintessential julep crafted by Woodford Reserve’s newly appointed Assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth McCall, and Master Distiller, Chris Morris. This year’s cup, recipe and experience is presented under the theme: Best of Kentucky. Woodford Reserve® 2018 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep  Ingredients: 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon 1 tsp Woodford County, Kentucky, Sorghum Simple Syrup 2 Leaves of Kentucky Colonel Mint Garnish: 3 spray red…