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LouisvilleKY Derby Festival Friday Happenings

Louisville, KY., – This is the schedule for FRIDAY’S Festival activities.   The party continues at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon:   KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATERFRONTSM. Open Daily 11 AM – 11 PM. Waterfront Park.  ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 beer. Pegasus Play-Ville Free Rides (kids 12 and under) 4 PM – 6 PM daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of Kentucky. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®.  (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED).  Sponsor:  Kroger. Media Sponsor: The Courier-Journal.   KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW…


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LouisvilleKY woman makes KDF history at Hole In One Golf Contest

Louisville, KY.  – A Louisville woman became the first female to ever get closest to winning the Stock Yards Bank Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest. Jessica Grainger came closest to the pin tonight at Seneca Golf Course, hitting her tee shot 9 feet 2 ¼ inches from the cup. She won the $5,000 first prize. This was the first time Grainger has qualified for the finals. “I can’t believe it! Usually, I’m cheering my husband on in the finals and this year it was me.” Grainger also won the Long Drive Competition in the women’s division.   It was a beautiful…


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Here’s your LouisvilleKY Derby Festival schedule for Thursday

Louisville, KY., – As usual, it’s a busy time in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Festival events abound – all leading up to Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.  Here is a schedule for Thursday’s fun:   Stars at Churchill Downs: KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY DAY AT THE DOWNS PRESENTED BY KENTUCKIANA HONDA DEALERS.  11:30 AM.  Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. SOLD OUT. Sponsor:  Kentuckiana Honda Dealers.  Contributing Sponsor: Macy’s. Media Sponsors: The Voice-Tribune and 106.9 PLAY. #ThrowbackThursday Parade: REPUBLIC BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS® PARADE.  5 PM.  West on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street. This annual parade features colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians. Bleacher tickets $10 and…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous track sponsors free opening day for Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville

Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s ultimate entertainment venue – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront – opens on Thursday, April 26. Thanks to Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation, there will be free admission on opening day. On Thursday ONLY, patrons will not need a Pegasus Pin to enter Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. The venue boasts a full schedule of events again this year which span nine days, including the Waterfront Jam with nearly 30 local and regional bands and 7 national act concerts on two stages; 100 different food and drink vendors; and five full service bars. “The Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation is excited to sponsor the…


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KDF to host health fair this week at Fourth Street Live!

Louisville, KY.   –   WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), returns in 2018 as Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Health Fair in a new exciting venue. The event will take place on Thursday, April 26th at Fourth Street Live! from 4pm-8pm. The 11th 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 Doc McStuffins as well as other fun characters and entertainers. Walgreens will also provide free Hepatitis A vaccinations (limited quantity available). Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. Children under…


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Downtown LouisvilleKY Lane Closures mean minor lane changes for KDF Mini and Marathon

Race Registration Closes at Midnight on April 24th Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival is re-routing a small portion of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/Marathon presented by Humana due to recent lane closures on Main Street between 4th and 7th Streets. The races are set for this Saturday, April 28. The changes will affect runners in both the mini and Marathon within the first two miles as runners are diverted around the construction along Main Street. Runners will instead go west on Market Street. “All downtown traffic is being rerouted on Main Street in this area and the Kentucky Derby Festival is no exception,” said Shanna Ward, Race…


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LouisvilleKY’s popular KDF $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One gets underway this week

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 19, and runs through Sunday, April 29. 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 29. The preliminary competition is open 10 AM to 8:30 PM everyday from April 19 – April 28, except for April 21, when it will be closed for Thunder Over Louisville. The last day for preliminary competition is Sunday, April 29,…


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New Derby Festival Queen crowned in LouisvilleKY

 Louisville, KY.  – With the traditional spin of a wheel Tara Dunaway of Leitchfield, KY, was named the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Queen tonight at the 60th annual Fillies Derby Ball at The Galt House. Tara, 21-years-old, is a Junior at the University of Louisville where she is majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Management. She is a College of Business Student Council Member and serves as the Chairman of Outreach, has been named to the Dean’s List multiple times, and has studied in numerous countries including England and Austria. Tara also volunteers at Portland Elementary and has participated in mission trips to…


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Kentucky Derby Festival debuts this week across the river from LouisvilleKY

  FamFest Promises Fun for the Whole Family   Louisville, KY.- The Kentucky Derby Festival is heading to Southern Indiana for one of its newest events – Horseshoe Foundation FamFest. The Festival is partnering with the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County to bring the family friendly event to New Albany on Wednesday, April 11. Showcasing a special preview of the 2018 Festival and offering fun for the whole family, the event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown New Albany next to the YMCA located at 47 Pearl Street.  “We’re fortunate to have Festival fans on both sides of the river,”…


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Get ready for some new Kentucky Derby Festival events in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.  We’re less than a month away from the kick off of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival – and there will be even more Festival events for fans to enjoy. New additions to the ever-growing schedule include a new steamboat cruise, flag football, a gala, kickball, zombies, a community-wide clean up, and a move to Southern Indiana. They will be part of the Festival’s schedule of more than 70 events produced each year in the weeks leading up to the first Saturday in May. “It’s the Festival’s mission to make sure our schedule has a little something for everyone,” said…