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Many high flying acts coming to LouisvilleKY for Thunder

Louisville, KY.  We’re just a little over two weeks from the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville! This year’s event, set for Saturday, April 13, will include a packed air show, with non-stop military and civilian air acts. The Derby Festival tonight released the full list of performers scheduled for this year’s show – which includes F-15s, F-16s, A-10s, F-18s, a B-52, and C-130 along with warbirds, civilian acts and parachute teams. “Thunder has one of the top air shows in the country, and this year’s line-up is one you don’t want to miss,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky…

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LouisvilleKY Fashion Show to celebrate KDF

Louisville, KY.  – The latest spring fashion trends walk the runway this week as Macy’s Presents the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show. Set for Thursday, March 28th, in the Showroom of Horseshoe Southern Indiana, this year’s show is themed We Are Wonder Women. The event starts with cocktails and boutique shopping at 5:30 p.m., V.I.P. lounge doors open at 5:30p.m., lounge doors open at 6:30p.m., Showroom doors open at 6:45p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and runway show at 8 p.m. Christine Fellingham, Creative Consultant, returns this year to style and produce the show. Guests can expect a night of fun and high…


Kentucky Derby Festival crowns new derby burger champion

Louisville, KY.   – Lori Poe of Mt. Sterling is taking home the title of Derby Burger Champion, in the 8th Annual “Derby Burger Challenge” sponsored by Kentucky Beef Council and coordinated by the Kentucky Derby Festival. Poe’s recipe for her “Chimichurri Churchill Burger” was selected as the overall winner after a cook-off this morning at the Kroger in Prospect. It features ground beef, fresh sliced avocados, Mexican cheese, spicy pimento mayo spread, and a homemade parsley-garlic chimichurri sauce, all wrapped in a flour tortilla and re-toasted. Lori placed third in the Derby Burger Challenge in 2018, which influenced her entry this year. “Some of…

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Running legend to participate in LouisvilleKY’s Derby Marathon

Louisville, KY.   – One of running’s most iconic figures, Kathrine Switzer will participate in her first ever Derby Festival race. Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967, and recently ran it again 50 years later in 2017. (The run was only 24 minutes slower than she did in her first marathon at age 20.) On Saturday, April 27, Switzer will run the Derby Festival’s Marathon Relay as member of the Humana Relay Team. “I’m thrilled to team up with Humana to continue spreading awareness about the importance of active aging and the pursuit of healthy social,…

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Like a good burger LouisvilleKY? Voting now open for KDF Derby Burger

Louisville, KY.   – Calling all Derby Festival foodies! Festival Fans can help pick the 2019 ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Dozens of original recipes were submitted for the competition sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Those recipes featuring 100% beef have been narrowed to the top 8 recipes. Voting is open online to help choose the final 4 burgers that will move on to the 2019 Derby Burger Challenge Cook-off.  Now through March 21, fans can visit to vote for the burger they want to see make it to the cook-off. The top 8 Derby Burger Challenge finalists are: Chimichurri Churchill – Lori Poe of Mt. Sterling…

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KDF announces art contest winners

Louisville, KY.  Kentuckiana students from grades K-12 were honored tonight at J Graham Brown School for their artistic achievement in the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest Presented by The Fillies, Inc. A panel of local artists selected the winners. Of the hundreds of entries, some of the most popular themes among the winning artwork this year were the Great Steamboat Race, BB&T Great BalloonFest, the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, and Thunder Over Louisville. Five students from Farmer Elementary, under the direction of Brandy Durm, and five students from Norton Commons Elementary, under the direction of Sarah Maxwell Miller,…

Ophelia Lorenz - 2019 Spelling Bee Winner

LouisvilleKY student wins KDF’s Spelling Bee

Louisville, KY.   – 14-year-old Ophelia Lorenz of Louisville won her first Ford Motor Company Derby Festival Spelling Bee this past weekend. Lorenz correctly spelled “Chihuahua” – A dog of very small breed developed in Mexico, probably from an indigenous breed, having erect pointed ears and a soft ,usually short-haired dog. The competition was held in the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Allison Whelan of Nelson County, Kentucky, was runner-up in the competition among students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Lorenz represents Jefferson County Catholic Schools and is an 8th grade student at St. Agnes. This was her first…


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….

2019 mini & Marathon Medals

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…