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LouisvilleKY’s Belle reclaims her crown in Great Steamboat Race

 Louisville, KY.   – The Belle of Louisville has reclaimed the crown as riverboat royalty, after winning tonight’s Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369. In a unanimous decision from the judges who were aboard both boats, the hometown Belle was declared the winner of the 57th annual race against her upriver rival, the Belle of Cincinnati. Louisville’s Belle takes home the coveted silver antlers. “It was a great race,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “The Belle of Louisville takes back the title for the first time since 2015. No collusion and no debate from the judges.”   The…


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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’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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LouisvilleKY’s Forecastle Festival to host late night Belle of Louisville entertainment

Louisville, KY. – Stay onboard long after the Forecastle Festival lights go down with Late-Night on the Belle of Louisville, presented by Four Roses and Goodwood Brewing Co. Louis the Child will take over the Belle of Louisville on Friday, July 13. The dynamic duo is prepared to put on a one-of-kind dance party, spreading glitzy, electronic bliss throughout America’s oldest steamboat on the mighty Ohio River. On Saturday, July 14, Forecastle gets funky as Lettuce blends their smooth and soulful grooves with hip-hop-inspired spirit on the historic Belle of Louisville. Bringing new vitality to classic funk, these rhythmic geniuses will provide a can’t-miss experience. Doors to…


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LouisvilleKY’s famed steamboat race gets another contender

Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2018 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 2, on the Ohio River. Three boats will compete in 2018. The American Duchess, the newest paddle wheeler built by the American Queen Steamboat Company, will challenge the Belle of Louisville and Belle of Cincinnati for bragging rights on the Ohio River. The format of the boat race is also taking a new turn in 2018. “The crews of the three boats have decided to forego the crew challenges and point system we’ve implemented the past several years,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President…


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LouisvilleKY’s newest riverboat to Be Christened tonight

Christening ceremony open to the public; tickets still available for inaugural cruise Louisville, Kentucky – The Belle of Louisville’s new riverboat will be christened the Mary M. Miller on Thursday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. The new vessel is being named in honor of the first woman in the United States to receive a steamboat master’s license. The christening ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the Belle of Louisville Landing, 401 West River Road. A limited number of tickets are still available for the Mary M. Miller’s inaugural cruise that will board at 6:30 p.m. and cruise from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The…


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Kentucky Derby Festival is kicking into high gear in LouisvilleKY

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from the Kentucky Derby Festival: More information can also be found at kdf.org.   Task competition to determine winner of the 2017 Great Steamboat Race   Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2017 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 3, on the Ohio River. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati also participated in a Four Roses Bourbon tasting to determine which single-barrel bourbons would be served aboard each vessel during the race. The Four Roses barrel coded HW 48-4J was…


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Louisville Ky’s Forecastle Festival announces late night shows

HEADLINING ACTS HOSTED AT HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL AND THE HISTORIC BELLE OF LOUISVILLE INCLUDE RJD2, ROBERT DELONG, DR. DOG AND 23 STRING BAND TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 29 AT NOON ET PRODUCED BY AC ENTERTAINMENT AND PRODUCTION SIMPLE LOUISVILLE, KY (April 26, 2016) – The Forecastle Festival will host a wide array of separately ticketed late-night shows on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2016. The intimate, after-hours events will take place at Headliners Music Hall and the historic, 100-year-old Belle of Louisville steamboat. Headliners Music Hall plays host to dance-pop provocateur and one-man band Robert DeLong on Friday, July…


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Louisville Ky’s famous boat race under a new set of rules this year

March 29, 2016. Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2016 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 4, on the Ohio River. At a press conference this morning, the tasks and scoring system that will determine the winner of the race was announced.  Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati also participated in a sampling of “individual tasting mats” to select a different single-barrel bourbon to be served aboard each vessel for the event. With unanimous votes all around, the Four Roses barrel coded NS 80-6F was selected as…


Forecastle Festival Announces Late Night Shows in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival will host a wide array of separately ticketed late-night shows on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2015. The intimate, after-hours events will take place at the Mercury Ballroom, Headliners Music Hall, and the historic, 100-year-old Belle of Louisville steamboat. The Mercury Ballroom plays host to world-renowned rapper Talib Kweli on Friday, July 17 while brotherly duo The Floozies brings the funk on Saturday, July 18. On Friday, July 17, Headliners Music Hall will feature Forecastle alumni and folk standouts Lord Huron with San Fermin. Saturday, July 18 brings a co-headline bill of…