KDF Festival Unveiled

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…

Churchill Downs

LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to host job fair

From Louisville, KY., – Ever wanted to be a part of all the happenings at Louisville’s world famous Churchill Downs? The track will be hosting a job fair  March 2, 2019, from 10AM- 3PM . Among the positions open are ushers, security, ticket attendant, tour guides and more. You can register for this event at Please park in the White Lot and enter thru the Paddock Gate. Click Here to view the flyer listing all positions available.

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KDF’s Mike Berry looks to his future in LouisvilleKY following his retirement

Louisville, KY – Mike Berry, the longest serving President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival, will retire at the end of 2019. Berry started his career with the Festival in 1986 as an Event Coordinator and worked his way up to overseeing the entire Festival. He’s been at the helm now for more than 20 years, guiding the Festival in its role as a pivotal player in the city’s entertainment landscape and one of the world’s most renowned civic celebrations. For the Louisville native, his more than 33-year career with the Festival has been a true labor of love – one…

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Pegasus Pins arrive at LouisvilleKY’s Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

Louisville, KY.   – The first shipment of 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pins is here!  The pins arrived at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street this morning. It’s the first place you can purchase a 2019 Pegasus Pin beginning today. Heaven Hill Distillery has also produced a special Evan Williams Single Barrel Gold Pegasus Pin Edition bottle to commemorate the 47th edition of the collectable pins. The bottle features a Gold Pegasus Pin sealed in wax on the neck of each bottle. “Our continued partnership with the Kentucky Derby Festival is a testament to our shared commitment to bring…