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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 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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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 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…


Belle of Louisville nabs the Silver Antlers

Louisville, KY.   – It was a competitive day on the wharf as crews from the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati went head to head, competing in a series of tasks leading up to the historic Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race tonight. After all the points were tallied, the judges debated and the Mayor weighed in, the coveted 12-point silver antlers stayed with Louisville’s sternwheeler.   “Shenanigans are afoot,” exclaimed Captain Ben Bernstein of the Belle of Cincinnati, who stepped in for his dad, Captain Alan.  He cried foul against Louisville’s Belle. “We’ve been hometowned.” A task…