Kentucky Derby Festival

KDF poster

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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Ready to Train for LouisvilleKy’s famous road race

Louisville, KY., – Today is the kick-off for the Norton Sports Health Derby Festival Training Program to prepare runners and walkers for the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon set for Saturday, April 27. The free 15-week Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training tips and weekly group runs for participants with all levels of experience. Runners and walkers can register for the training program online at www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com.   The kick-off includes distribution of the free training manual; overview of the 2019 miniMarathon and Marathon; as well as introduction of the Norton Sports Health Training Experts and Physicians. Participants will…


2019 Derby Festival Royal Court

LouisvilleKY Royalty announced

Louisville, KY.   – It’s an early sign of spring in Kentuckiana! New Derby Festival Royalty were crowned this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Fillies President Debra Rayman joined KDF President and CEO Mike Berry, as well as 2019 Derby Festival Chair Marita Willis, in crowning the newly appointed court.  They are: Mary Baker of Louisville, KY – Mary, 20-years-old, is a Junior…


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LouisvilleKY’s BB&T to become Derby Festival BalloonFest title sponsor

Louisville, KY.  – A new sponsor has stepped in to help keep a favorite Derby Festival event on the schedule for 2019. BB&T is the new title sponsor of the Festival’s three-day Great BalloonFest. A longtime friend of the Festival, BB&T decided to take their partnership to new heights, after learning of the new sponsorship opportunity. “BB&T is delighted to be the sponsor of the Great BalloonFest,” said BB&T Regional President Tom Eller. “Part of our mission is to make the communities in which we work a better place to live. What better example of this than to be part of an…