Kentucky Derby Festival Official Products

The Official Products program provides over 20 remove companies the opportunity to become official licensed products or services of the Festival. Each sponsor receives a customized program for their product. A shining example among those receiving “Official Products” licensee status are the Kentuckiana Honda Dealers, who donate a fleet of vehicles to the Kentucky Derby Festival staff and Board members to use for a six-week period during the Festival time frame.

Additional benefits in this program include: category exclusivity, numerous print ads featuring logo and listing, rights to use the Derby Festival “Official Product” logo on product packaging or POP display materials and any additional advertising, image-tie between the Festival and the product, as well as sampling and booth space at events.


Austin Wilder is the Official Videographer for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival season.

Founded: 1975

Owner: Susie Conley

Certifications: CPF
Areas of expertise: Custom Picture Framing, Shadow Boxes, Corporate Framing, Wholesale Framing Products, Engraving, Canvas Stretching, and Wide Format Printing. Their vision was to provide quality and affordable custom picture framing to the Louisville, Kentucky area.
For more about Blugrass Frames, CLICK HERE.

Each bottle of Don Julio® Tequila is made from handpicked, 100% pure Blue Weber Agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco—one of the country’s most fertile agave-growing regions. It is here where each agave plant is allowed to grow seven to ten years before it is harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Don Julio® Tequila is known for. It is this attention to quality, craftsmanship and tradition that sets the Don Julio Tequila Brand apart from other tequilas and makes it the world’s finest luxury tequila.

For more information about Don Julio, CLICK HERE.

HighNote is home to energized experts in marketing, direct mail, programming and data analytics. They thrive on solving problems and meeting challenges. They spark creativity and encourage excellence. And they see each client as an opportunity to demonstrate their passion.

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Derby Pie, as it has come to be known, was born over a half century ago as the specialty pastry of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. George Kern, the manager of the restaurant, developed the recipe with the help of his parents, Walter and Leaudra. Many hours were spend trying to create the unique blend of flavors that make up this classic dessert. That blend remains a secret to this very day.

For more about Kern’s Kitchen, CLICK HERE.

Since starting play in 2015, Louisville City FC, Kentucky’s only fully professional soccer club, has quickly established a reputation both for winning on the pitch and solid fan support off it.

LouCity, as we’re often referred to, is a member of the United Soccer League, now sanctioned Division 2 by U.S. Soccer, only one level below Major League Soccer. The USL includes 33 teams across the country, some of them independent and others acting as close affiliates with MLS clubs.

Beginning in 2020, LouCity moved from Louisville Slugger Field to the new Lynn Family Stadium, a soccer-specific facility in the Butchertown neighborhood just east of downtown. It can accommodate 15,304 fans and also serves as home to Racing Louisville FC, the organization’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise that launched in 2021. The clubs operate out of the nearby Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center at Champions Park.

Serving the Kentuckiana area’s eye care needs since 1983, Dr. Black’s Eye Associates is proud to say that we are still family owned and operated. Our talented team of doctors focus on your individual vision needs and work together for the best results possible.
From LASIK and cataract surgery to pediatrics and diabetic eye disease, we provide total eye care for the entire family.

With 12 area locations, we’re never too far away to help you and your family See Life Clearly!

Jamie Rhodes is a freelance photojournalist specializing in editorial and sports photography, wedding photojournalism, portaits, and nature in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. He is also one of the Kentucky Derby Festival photographers.

For more on Jamie Rhodes, CLICK HERE.

Jonathan Roberts is a Louisville, Kentucky premiere event photographer. Official Kentucky Derby Festival Photographer. Race, marathon, and triathlon photographer nationwide. Louisville convention photographer.

For more on Jonathan Roberts, CLICK HERE.

Marvin Young believes it’s the art of capturing an image that presents a meaningful story without uttering a word he finds most compelling.

For more on Marvin Young, CLICK HERE.


Whether you’re a bar professional crafting cocktails using a wide variety
of spirits, or the party host desiring to create cocktail converts in the comfort of your own home.

MAKE & MUDDLE craft syrups and shrubs are the premiere,
natural, fresh product designed to simplify beverage making so you can create a memorable experience with others.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Mrs. and Mr. Cotton Candy of Southern Indiana currently sells more than 100 different flavors of cotton candy. They also sell what they describe as ‘gourmet cotton candy’, with flavors such as Cookies and Creme, Pop Rocks, and Unicorn.

Mrs. and Mr. Cotton Candy Fun Zone is located in Clarksville’s Green Tree Mall. The location features several inflatables, a dance zone, building block area, and much more. While the kids play and get their energy out, parents are invited to browse more than a hundred different flavors of cotton candy.

To learn more CLICK HERE.

Forget what you know about wine and wineries. Because the Old 502 Winery is breaking all the rules.

Old 502 is an anti-winery, if you will.

For starters, their wine is made right here. As in Louisville. As in downtown Louisville. And not even the good part.

Using grapes grown by local, Kentucky farmers, they craft some of the most eclectic — dare we say funky — wines you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. They challenge wine-making convention. Sometimes they ignore it altogether. So join us for a completely different wine experience — with wines that embody the uniqueness and can-do spirit of our city.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Peake Ties started in 2010 with the idea for a unique Christmas gift for a friend.  With much planning and determination, they grew Peake Ties into what it is today. Peake Ties strives to make the best HANDMADE, high quality bow ties using primarily cotton, providing extensive durability and longevity. They seek out a wide spectrum of patterns and prints so they are able to make the most unique ties to help you stand out in the crowd.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Louisville’s BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie!

PLEASE & THANK YOU, a chocolate chip cookie bakery and coffee shop headquartered in LOUISVILLE, KY. The ship their famous cookies and merchandise across the USA.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

RCS Communications is the full service Wireless Communications Service Provider throughout Louisville, Lexington, Central Kentucky and Southern Indiana. RCS is a Motorola authorized two-way radio dealer specializing in sales, service, rental and installation of two-way radios, pagers and wireless communications systems. In addition to Motorola, they also represent major manufacturers such as ICOM, Kenwood, and Vertex Standard as well as many other ancillary manufacturers and products.

For more information on RCS, CLICK HERE.

Semonin Realtors full service approach offers buyers and sellers the convenience of a comprehensive real estate experience. Semonin strives to make the buying and selling journey as efficient and stress-free as possible by giving customers every resource they need.

For more information about Semonin Realtors, CLICK HERE.

Sternberg’s trained rental professionals can provide you the right truck or van when you need it. Sternberg specializes in renting trucks for the commercial user and the home mover. Sternberg is a local company that is small enough to handle your smallest needs & large enough to handle some of the area’s largest corporate clients.

 For more information, CLICK HERE.

Smokeasy Mobile Cigar Lounge was founded in the spirit of speakeasies of the past. In our travels, the cigar lounge has always been a gathering spot for folks to enjoy a premium cigar paired with the finest spirits in a space that evokes both allure and discretion.

Our Mission is to provide a luxurious lounge atmosphere, where lifelong memories are created for lovers of smooth cigars and fine spirits.

CLICK HERE to learn more.

TRANSFORMATION SPIRITS is a Louisville based Kentucky Proud, Louisville Independent Business Alliance, American Distilling Institute Craft Distillery founded in 2017.

We produce a range of botanical based premium spirits and liqueurs for distribution within Kentucky and eventually though out the United States. Transformation Spirits was founded and is run by a chef and an artist with over 25 years of experience matching, combining and developing flavors. We bring this hospitality expertise, culinary and mixology palette and artistic approach to the art of distilling.

Traditional – Hand Crafted – Innovative. The Only Constant is Change.

For more about Transformation Spirits, CLICK HERE.

The Hat Girls design and create custom headwear for all occasions, specializing in the Kentucky Derby! The designers, Kate and Rachel, are Louisville natives who live for fashion and seeing their wearable art come to life on each and every client.  Now going into their sixth Derby season, The Hat Girls are thrilled to be a premier sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival for the third year in a row.  

For more information about The Hat Girls, CLICK HERE.

502 Hemp is a Kentucky Proud family friendly CBD boutique carrying quality local CBD oils (aka hemp extracts) and other hemp items.

Whether you are looking for unique gift ideas, alternative solutions for common health ailments, or just curious about CBD, stop by and talk to their knowledgeable staff – the owner vets every product 502 Hemp carries. All of the CBD products are made from organically grown KY hemp and processed by an FDA-registered clean facility in Louisville.

The hemp is third-party tested, supercritical CO2 extracted and each finished product is also tested for quality.  A certificate of analysis (COA) is available for viewing at the store.

For more information, CLICK HERE.