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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…


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Tuesday is last day to register for LouisvilleKy’s miniMarathon and Marathon

 Louisville, KY. – If you plan to run the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon, but haven’t registered yet, your time is running out!  Registration for the road races closes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. There will be no late registration. The registration fees are $95 for the miniMarathon and $105 for the Marathon. Runners can register online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. “The miniMarathon and Marathon mark the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky,” said Shanna Ward, Race Director. “We close registration several days prior to the event to ensure we have the infrastructure and amenities in place to support all the…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous parade will be super powered

  Grand Marshals Announced, Line-Up Set for May 2 Event Louisville, KY.  – This year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade will celebrate everyone’s favorite superheroes. Themed “Pegasus Power,” the Kentucky Derby Festival is inviting everyone who comes to the parade to dress in superhero costumes. Also in costume will be this year’s Grand Marshals, who are heroes in comic books and on the big screen – Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Widow. The Marvel Characters will ride down Broadway on May 2. “The parade has been bringing families and the community together for more than 60 years,” said Mike Berry, KDF…


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Opening Night Goes Orange to Kick Off LouisvilleKY’s Derby Week and Spring Racing

LOUISVILLE, KY – Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts will kick off Derby week for the fourth year by adding live performances by local artists to the evening of live racing at Opening Night presented by Budweiser. For the second year, the event’s theme will be orange, the color of creativity and encouragement, to celebrate Louisville’s exciting arts community. Guests are encouraged to incorporate orange into their outfit. Opening Night is Saturday, April 27. Tickets are available at www.ChurchillDowns.com. The evening will include more than live 20 performances by more than 150 local actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists throughout the…


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LouisvilleKY’s $1 million Hole-In-One starts swinging Thursday

Louisville, KY.  – It’s time to take your shot at $1 million! The Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest opens Thursday, April 18, and runs through Sunday, April 28. The contest will take place at the Seneca Golf Course Driving Range off Pee Wee Reese Road. There will be 10 days of preliminary qualifying rounds and a Semi-final Round on Sunday, April 28. The preliminary competition is open 10 AM to 8:30 PM everyday from April 18 – April 28, except for April 21, when it will be closed for Easter. The last day for preliminary…


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Position Draw for LouisvilleKy’s famous Parade set for Tuesday

 Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Position Draw on Tuesday, April 16, at SuperChefs at 1702 Bardstown Road in Louisville. The 2019 float and inflatable sponsors will be introduced as they draw for positions in the parade.   The 64th Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 2, is themed “Pegasus Power,” and will be a spectacle of colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables, equestrians and celebrities parading down Broadway in downtown Louisville. Nearly 250,000 spectators are expected to line the 1.7-mile route to enjoy the more than 100 units in the two-hour…


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LouisvilleKY’s Finest gets a new partner

LouisvilleKY., – The Louisville Metro Police Department will soon be getting a new officer. Kentucky Derby Festival, Logan Lavelle Hunt and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation are partnering with the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, to bring LMPD their newest four-legged recruit. K-9 Thunder will visit the Command Center of his namesake on Friday, April 12.  Already in training, K-9 Thunder will soon be hitting the streets and sniffing out crime. The LMPD Canine Unit responds to situations calling for trained police dogs which include building and area searches, evidence/property recovery, tracking and apprehending of suspects and searches for narcotics and hazardous devices…


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Here’s your latest Thunder Over Louisville news

U.S. COAST GUARD ESTABLISHES WATERWAY RESTRICTIONS ON OHIO RIVER FOR THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE Louisville, KY — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley, headquartered in Louisville, KY, has established a Thunder Over Louisville waterway restriction on the Ohio River, from April 12th thru 13th, between mile markers 597.0-607.0. The following restrictions will be enforced by local law enforcement and U.S. Coast Guard waterside assets: The Coast Guard has established a special local regulation from mile markers 597 to 607 on the Ohio River from April 12th (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and on April 13th (12:00 PM until midnight). During these…


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