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Moms are Free for Mother’s Day at LouisvilleKY’s Zoo

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo will be honoring mothers this Mother’s Day, Sunday May, 12 with free admission. The day is made possible by Ford Motor Company. Teddy Grahams will have giveaways while supplies last. A Teddy Grahams Scavenger Hunt will also be handed out at the admission gate. Teddy Grahams will be located near the maned wolf exhibit. Moms and moms-to-be will want to stop by and visit African elephant Mikki who is also expecting this summer and Kindi’s surrogate gorilla mom Kweli. Details on the day are here: LouisvilleZoo.org/mothersday.


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LouisvilleKY’s Buy Local Fair set for Water Tower Park

Louisville, KY  -The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 11th Annual Buy Local Fair on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Presented by Louisville Water Company, admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $7 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking.                                The fair will include more than 180 booths from local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, farmers and even a “Kidpreneur Marketplace” showcasing local mini businesses run by kids. Guests can also enjoy food trucks, a children’s area, craft beer, bourbon and brandy, a Back Porch area for grownups…


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LouisvilleKY’s Battle of the belles takes to the Ohio Wednesday

Louisville, KY.   – The Battle of the Belles returns to the Ohio River this week. The Belle of Louisville, and her rival from up river, the Belle of Cincinnati, will compete in this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369, set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.  The 14-mile course on the Ohio River starts and finishes at the Clark Memorial Bridge. In a twist, 2 VIPs will be retrieved from the shoreline before the boats turn at Captains Quarters to race back to the finish line.  Each boat will be assigned two judges, in addition…


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LouisvilleKY has new Great Bed Race champs

Louisville, KY. –  Racing fans cheered tonight as GE Appliances (Team 1) won the Champions Division of the Great Bed Races with a time of 34.1. St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities won the won the Fun Division with a time of 35.6.  40 teams pushed their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course, competing for the fastest times. The theme of this year’s event, “Pegasus Power,” had teams decorating their beds in everything from Flying Pegasus, Superheroes and My Little Pony, to Star Wars, Ninja Turtles and the movie “Grease.” Prizes went to the teams with the three fastest times, as…


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KDF had some big winners in two major LouisvilleKY races this weekend

 Louisville, KY.  – With near perfect weather conditions, 25 balloons lifted off from Bowman Field Saturday morning in the BB&T Great Balloon Race. The race got underway just after 7 AM, as light wind took the balloons east toward Shelbyville Road. The event was the last of four ballooning events in the 2019 BB&T Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest.  “The conditions for this morning’s race were as close to perfect as you could get,” said George Troutman, Balloonmeister for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s balloon events.  The 24 “Hound” balloons took off from Bowman Field in “chase” of the “Hare” – the…


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Teams bring home coveted trophies at the world’s largest robotic competition in LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation has awarded the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Middle School and High School World Champions, along with the VEX U College World Champion winners at VEX Robotics World Championship 2019 in LouisvilleKY. Student-led teams from California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and China brought home trophies for their achievements in robotics. “Taking home a World Champion award is a major milestone that exemplifies perseverance, ingenuity and sportsmanship which is the cornerstone of the competition,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “These attributes will serve these students for the rest of…


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The stars are out this week in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.  – The stars are coming out for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival events. The Festival released this year’s celebrity guest list this morning. Many of the VIPs will take part in both the Celebrity Day at the Downs event on Thursday, May 2, as well as the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade later that same day, and some will attend the Trifecta Gala on Derby Eve  “We’re excited to have several special guests joining us for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Stacey Robinson, Kentucky Derby Festival EVP and Chief of Staff. “They’re always awed by our spring time celebration…


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Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville to open Thursday at LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s ultimate entertainment venue – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront – opens on Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to mark the official opening of the 9-day event. The first 250 guests will also receive a free gift from Kroger. As part of the opening day festivities, attendees will have an opportunity to taste $2 and $3 food samples during Flavors of Fest-a-Ville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville really is the ultimate entertainment venue during the Derby Festival,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “Not…


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KDF Race Expo opens Thursday in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.   – Runners participating in the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon® can pick up their race packets beginning tomorrow at the Race Expo and Packet Pick-Up. More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the two-day Race Expo in Hall B of the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center, open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26. There will be NO LATE ENTRIES for runners who want to participate in the races but are not registered. However, race organizers will offer 250 “Charity Bibs” for runners who missed the…


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KDF brings health fair to LouisvilleKY’s Fourth Street Live

 Louisville, KY. –   WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., returns in 2019 as Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Health Fair. The event will take place Thursday, April 25th at Fourth Street Live! from 4pm-8pm. The 12th 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 Mary Poppins as well as other fun characters and entertainers. Admission is free with a 2019 Pegasus Pin. )Children under six do not need a pin for admission.) Parking is free. “Even during this exciting…