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Registration now open for KDF’s Cycling event in LouisvilleKY

  Louisville, KY. – Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual cycling event is now open. The PNC Tour de Lou is set for Sunday, April 28, 2019. This will be the sixth year for the cycling event, which features three different distances. Registration is online at KDF.org and will be capped at 1,500 cyclists. “The PNC Tour de Lou is a unique tour of the city on two wheels and attracts cyclists from around the country,” said Mike Berry, KDF President & CEO. “Registering early is the best way to guarantee your spot and save money on registration.” When registration opens,…


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LouisvilleKY’s largest festival wins international honors

Louisville, KY. –  Kentucky Derby Festival has a lot of reasons to celebrate today! Louisville’s annual civic celebration received 46 top honors at the International Festivals & Events Association’s (IFEA) Convention and Expo in San Diego, California. The Derby Festival won the Bronze Grand Pinnacle in the “Best Overall Festival Program” category, National Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington, D.C.) was runner-up with silver and the Vivid Sydney, Destination NSW (The Rocks, NSW Australia) won gold. The Grand Pinnacle is the IFEA’s highest award. The Festival competes each year against other major festivals and events from around the world. The Festival also received 45…


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The search is on for new LouisvilleKY royalty

Louisville, KY. – The application process for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court is now open at KDF.org. Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students (in at least 2nd year) are eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 14. The Festival’s Royal Court is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies, as well as serve as an official ambassador for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. The program is not a beauty pageant. Each member of the Royal Court receives two $1,000 scholarships – one from The Fillies, Inc., and one…


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LouisvilleKY native named as 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Chair

NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL SET TO KICK-OFF ONE WEEK EARLIER Louisville, KY.   – Louisville native, Marita Willis, will chair the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival. She was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Willis is Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross. She follows the leadership of Scott Watkins, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival. Willis was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2010 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2012. She has served on committees for several Derby Festival events and programs, including the…


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Kentucky Derby Festival to hold annual LouisvilleKY yard sale this weekend

Louisville, KY.   – Looking for a bargain? The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its 17th annual Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, at the KDF office at 1001 South Third Street in Old Louisville. The sale will run from8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. The Yard Sale will feature many items including event t-shirts, Derby Festival Pins, posters from years past, glassware, Christopher Radko collector’s ornaments, and other pieces that span the Festival’s history. There will be an exclusive offer for Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon participants again this year.  All shoppers that attend the Yard Sale…


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LouisvilleKY pizzas delivers to Thunder Funder

  Louisville, KY.  – The inaugural Papa John’s Thunder Funder Program was a hit with Thunder Over Louisville and pizza fans. The 2018 program helped raise funds for the 2018 Thunder Over Louisville show by donating proceeds from the sale of every Thunder Fireworks pizza ordered online at PapaJohns.com. The promotion ran through May 6 and over 4,000 Fireworks pizzas were ordered. Papa John’s presented a check for $10,000 to Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “Producing a show like Thunder Over Louisville truly takes a village,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “We appreciate Papa John’s…


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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…