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Nominations to Walk in LouisvilleKy’s Survivors Parade at the 145th Longines Kentucky Oaks now open to the public

Partnership Continues to Support Women’s Health in the Local Community LOUISVILLE, KY – Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute have opened the online nomination process to select 145 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to participate in the Survivors Parade presented by Kroger at the 145th Longines Kentucky Oaks. The public can nominate survivors for the parade or donate to Norton Cancer Institute at www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors. Nominations are open until 11:59 p.m. on March 17. This is the eleventh year of the Survivors Parade and Longines Kentucky Oaks Pink Out celebration, which raise money to support women’s breast health. Churchill Downs, Derby…


2019 Pegasus Pins

KDF Pegasus Pins go on sale this week in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Derby Festival is sharing another sign of spring, as they release the design for the 47th edition of their Pegasus Pin. The 2019 design is inspired by the Festival’s official uniform jacket, just released last spring. The plastic pin is a miniature version of the jacket in fuchsia and Caribbean blue.  Beginning in March, the pins will be available to the public and will sell for $6 each at 1,000 retail locations. The price at the entrance to events will be $7. “The new jackets were such a hit with Festival fans, we wanted everyone to have their own…


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KDF’s 2019 poster is now rolling of the LouisvilleKY’s presses

FANS CAN PRE-ORDER ONLINE THROUGH FEBRUARY 17   Louisville, KY.   – A sign of spring this morning as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2019 poster rolled off the presses at Derby City Litho. This year’s poster was designed by Louisville artist Chimel Ford. His artwork, “Parade,” features a gray scale Pegasus soaring on a vibrantly colored background. A marching band silhouette completes the image. “I wanted the painting to tell a story about how I see our city during the Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Ford. “It’s colorful, a lot of fun and alive.”   “When I met Chimel I was amazed at how…


Tour de Lou cyclists

New LouisvilleKY training sessions open to get ready for KDF’s Tour de Lou

 Louisville, KY. – Wish you could ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC can help you do both through their NEW training program for bicyclists at all experience levels. Registration for the FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program is now open at KDF.org.  The eight-week training program includes free group rides led by the Louisville Bicycle Club. Training tips, like hand signals and rules of the road, as well as nutritional information will also be shared. Plus, the first 250 to sign-up receive a free tech shirt.  The training rides will take place…


2019 Thunder Poster

LouisvilleKY’s famous fireworks show announces 2019 Theme

Louisville, KY.  – 68 days and counting to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The Festival announced the theme of this year’s show and named the event’s sponsors at their headquarters this morning. This year’s theme – “The Wonderful World of Thunder” – will celebrate 30 years of the show with a soundtrack of songs from everyone’s favorite fairytale and animated movies. Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, and UPS return as Presenting Sponsors of the day-long event set for Saturday, April 13. “The entire show is shaping up to be a magical 30th celebration,” said Mike Berry,…


macy's fashion show

Tickets for KDF’s fashion event now on sale

Louisville, KY.   – Time to start planning what you’ll be wearing this spring to all the Derby Festival events. You’ll find the latest looks and hottest trends at the Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show on March 28th.  Tickets are now on sale for the season’s most exclusive fashion event. The event kicks off with cocktails and boutique shopping at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and runway show at 8 p.m. in the Showroom of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. NEW for 2019, there are three different ticket options for the show: 2nd Floor Lounge – $40 (includes hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, and reserved…


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Prices go up Friday for LousivilleKY’s famous road race

Louisville, KY. – Now’s the time to sign up for the 2019 Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon. Registration prices increase this Friday, February 1st. Runners and walkers waiting to sign up will want to register soon to save money and guarantee their spot in Kentucky’s largest road race. Current registration prices are $80 for the miniMarathon and $90 for the Marathon. Registration is open online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. (Participants not registered yet can use the code WHYWAIT19 until midnight January 31st for a special registration discount.)   There’s also a Relay option this year with shorter distances for those who don’t want…


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LouisvilleKY’s favorite festival ready to kick off soon

 Louisville, KY.  – A sign of warmer temperatures!  Tickets for the first official Kentucky Derby Festival event of 2019 are on sale now! The event – Festival Unveiled – is set for Thursday, March 14th at 5 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center. “Festival Unveiled” will showcase several elements of the upcoming Festival. In addition to the 2019 Official Poster and Merchandise line, guests will also receive the 2019 Official Program with complete details of the upcoming Festival. Tickets are $40 and are available online atwww.kdf.org or by calling (502) 584-FEST. Last year’s event sold out!   While enjoying the evening, guests have an opportunity to…


2015 Winning Derby Burger

KDF looking to LouisvilleKY and surrounding area for the best burger around

Louisville, KY. – Do you have a stand out burger recipe?  The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Starting today hamburger recipes will be accepted for submission in the eighth annual “Derby Burger Challenge,” sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can be submitted online at www.kdf.org/beef from now through March 14. “This competition has been a great way to showcase Kentucky beef and this state’s love for a delicious burger.” said Katelyn Hawkins, Kentucky Beef Council. “There are so many ways to make a winning burger. We can’t wait to see the unique…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs announces Kentucky Derby Purse Raised to $3 Million

Louisville, KY., – The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby for 3-year-olds highlights a record-setting, 34-race stakes schedule cumulatively worth $12.03 million for Churchill Downs’ 2019 Spring Meet. Fifteen of the races received significant purse hikes, including the Old Forester Turf Classic (GI), Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and Humana Distaff (GI),…