5/9/2017 – TODAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PINS

Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Derby Festival fans who found a Gold Winner Pin in their 2017 Pegasus Pin Sponsorship envelope must register online at www.PegasusPins.com by 5 p.m. TODAY to be eligible for the drawing of the Gold Pin Grand Prize – Kentuckiana Honda Dealers, 2017 Honda CR-V.  The winner will be […]

5/4/2017 – REPUBLIC BANK PEGASUS PARADE GETS WET AND MARCHES ON

May 4, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – The 62nd annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade marched down Broadway Thursday despite the rainy weather. The wet conditions didn’t dampen spirits, as an estimated 100,000 fans braved the elements with ponchos and umbrellas to watch the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest and inaugural event, themed “Louisville on the Move.” “While the rain […]

5/4/2017 – LOCAL CHARITIES TAKE CENTER STAGE AT DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY EVENT

May 4, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Celebrities weren’t the only ones getting the spotlight on Millionaire’s Row at today’s Celebrity Day at the Downs presented by Kentuckiana Honda Dealers.  Three local charities were also presented with checks totaling $4,000 as part of a special promotion. The Kentuckiana Honda Dealers –Jeff Wyler Dixie Honda, Hardin County […]

5/3/2017 – BELLE OF CINCINNATI WINS STEAMBOAT RACE

May 3, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Belle of Cincinnati barely edged out the Belle of Louisville to be declared winner of tonight’s Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369.  A task and scoring system determines the winner of the race. The Belle of Cincinnati scored 144 points to the Belle of Louisville’s 140 […]

5/2/2017 – HOLE-IN-ONE FINALS TONIGHT AT SENECA GOLF COURSE

May 2, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – 56 golfers will take a swing at $1 million in tonight’s Finals for the Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest.  The Finals begin at 6 p.m. at Seneca Golf Course, Hole #8. Each Finalist gets one shot at the green, set up 150 […]

5/2/2017 – DERBY FESTIVAL BEERFEST ON TAP WEDNESDAY

May 2, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – Lift your glass! The Kentucky Derby Festival BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank returns on Wednesday, May 3. There will be more than just beer tasting at this year’s event, thanks to a partnership with The Boston Beer Company. Attendees can participate in the Sam Adam’s ‘Guess That Sam’ […]

5/2/2017 – $1 MILLION PRIZE STILL UP FOR GRABS IN HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST

May 2, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – The $1 million prize is still up for grabs after 28 years in the Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest. No one has aced Hole #8 at Seneca Golf Course, though a Louisville man came closest tonight. Les Terwilliger of Louisville came closest […]

5/1/2017 – FESTIVAL WINEFEST UNCORKS TUESDAY ON THE BELVEDERE

May 1, 2017– LOUISVILLE, KY   – Kentucky Derby Festival’s two-day Kentucky Proud WineFest returns to the Belvedere tomorrow and Wednesday. Over a dozen wineries from Kentucky and Southern Indiana are scheduled to participate this year. Wine lovers will have two days worth of sampling opportunities and over 100 wine options to choose from. The event […]

5/1/2017 – WELLCARE AND DERBY FESTIVAL HOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY HEALTH FAIR ON TUESDAY

May 1, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), returns in 2017 as Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Health Fair. This annual event promotes healthy families and healthy lifestyles, by offering free health screenings and valuable health information for children and families. The Health […]

5/1/2017 – SPECIAL PREVIEW OF REPUBLIC BANK PEGASUS PARADE TOMORROW

May 1, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – Festival fans can get a special preview of this week’s parade at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in South Wing C. 2017 marks the 62nd annual parade, which will feature approximately 100 units marching down Broadway on Thursday, May 4. […]

5/1/2017 – TEXAS ROADHOUSE SWEEPS THORNTONS GREAT BED RACES

May 1, 2017 Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 3,000 racing fans cheered tonight as Texas Roadhouse and Bubba’s 33 (Texas Roadhouse’s new pizza and burger concept restaurant) were named champions at the Thorntons Great Bed Races. 42 teams pushed their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course, competing for the fastest times. Texas […]

5/1/2017 – BEDS TO ROLL AT BROADBENT ARENA TODAY

May 1, 2017 Louisville, KY. –  Beds on wheels will be in high gear today as they participate in the Thorntons Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races. More than 40 teams are expected to race their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course. The theme of the 28th annual event is “Race for the […]

4/29/2017 – Festival Officials Planning For Tonight’s Balloon Glow

Festival Officials planning for tonight’s balloon glow, winds could still be a factor. Derby Festival Officials continue to monitor the weather for the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glow, which was rescheduled for tonight at 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. While no inclement weather is expected, there is still a potential for high winds. […]

4/29/2017 – DERBY FESTIVAL PLANNING FOR TONIGHT’S BALLOON GLOW

April 29, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – Derby Festival Officials continue to monitor the weather for the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glow, which was rescheduled for tonight at 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. While no inclement weather is expected, there is still a potential for high winds. Festival Officials want to make sure patrons […]

4/29/2017 – WEATHER DELAYS KDF ROAD RACES, BUT DOESN’T DAMPEN RUNNERS’ SPIRITS

April 29, 2017. Louisville, KY.   –The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana got underway shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, after three delays due to the threat of severe weather. Runners, while anxious to get the race started, took shelter and waited patiently for storms to move out of the […]

4/28/2017 – BEAUTIFUL MORNING FOR U.S. BANK GREAT BALLOON RUSH HOUR RACE

April 28, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – Perfect weather conditions enabled 22 balloons to take off in the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Rush Hour Race this morning. This is the thirteenth year for the drive-time race event, which was added to the Festival’s BalloonFest schedule in 2005. The competition got underway just after 7 AM at […]

4/28/2017 – DERBY FESTIVAL YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY

April 28, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – Families are invited to the North Great Lawn inside Kroger’s Festival this Sunday, April 30, from 1-4 p.m. for the YMCA Healthy Kids Day Presented by Humana.  The Derby Festival joined forces with the YMCA of Greater Louisville and Humana to bring free family fun to the Waterfront. “We […]

4/28/2017 – CELEBRATION SUNDAY RETURNS WITH CHRISTIAN CONCERT AND GOSPELFEST

April 28, 2017 Louisville, KY.  – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Celebration Sunday returns this weekend with a Christian Contemporary concert and gospel choir showcase. Featured on the Music Stage at the Chow Wagon, the Passport GospelFest will begin at 2 p.m with performances until 7 p.m. Celebration Sunday presented by WJIE, which will feature Sidewalk […]

4/27/2017 – PNC TOUR DE LOU CYCLING EVENT ON SUNDAY

April 27, 2017. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is partnering with the Louisville Bicycle Club to produce the PNC Tour de Lou, which will ride through Louisville this Sunday, April 30. Created for cyclists of all experience levels, this is the Festival’s fourth annual bike event. For riders who still want to participate, […]

4/27/2017 – WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL TODAY

April 27, 2017 Louisville, KY. This is the schedule for THURSDAY’S Festival activities. Take a Swing for $1 Million: Stock Yards Bank KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST SM. Now-April 29: 10 AM – 8:30 PM, April 30: 10 AM – 5 PM, Semi-finals 6 PM.  Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. $1 […]