9/15/17 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RECEIVES TOP INTERNATIONAL HONORS

September 15, 2017 Louisville, KY. – Kentucky Derby Festival has a lot of reasons to celebrate today! Louisville’s annual civic celebration received 37 top honors at the International Festivals & Events Association’s (IFEA) Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona. The Derby Festival won the Bronze Grand Pinnacle in the “Best Overall Festival Program” category, tying […]

9/7/17 – DERBY FESTIVAL THROWING PEGASUS PIN PARTY!

Sept. 7, 2017. Louisville, KY. – You’re invited to the Kentucky Derby Festival’s fifth annual Pegasus Pin Party. The event is this Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Festival’s headquarters at 1001 S. Third Street in Louisville. The party will feature discount pricing on all past year pins, as well […]

8/29/17 – DERBY FESTIVAL REVAMPS RACE REGISTRATION, ADDS NEW RUNNER PERKS

August 29, 2017. Louisville, KY. – Registration for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Walmart and Humana opens online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com on Tuesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. EST. New this year, the Festival is kicking off registration with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, […]

8/28/2017 – SEARCH IS ON FOR NEW FESTIVAL ROYALTY

August 28, 2017 Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is searching for new royalty! The application process for the 2018 Royal Court opens online TODAY, 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 15. The […]

6/30/2017 – THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD ON JULY 4TH

June 30, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2017 Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville – will be re-broadcast on the American Forces Network Broadcast Center (AFN-BC) to more than a half million U.S. Armed Forces personnel and Department of Defense civilian employees and their families stationed overseas on Independence Day. “Sharing Thunder […]

6/26/17 – DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION CHARITY PROGRAM RAISES NEARLY $200,000 IN 2017

June 26, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program raised nearly $200,000 in 2017 for local charities. 30 different charitable organizations benefitted from the program by having individual runners and running teams participate in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana on April 29. […]

6/12/2017 – NORTON HEALTHCARE, SVP, OPERATIONS, SCOTT WATKINS TO CHAIR 2018 DERBY FESTIVAL

June 12, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Norton Healthcare’s Scott Watkins will chair the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. He was elected by the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Watkins is Senior Vice President, Operations at Norton Healthcare. He follows the successful leadership of Lisa Stevenson, who will continue serving […]

6/6/2017 – VINCENZO’S COOKING UP FUNDRAISER FOR DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION

June 6, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele will host their sixth annual “Night at Vincenzo’s” fund-raiser for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation on Sunday, June 11.  The elegant event will be held at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant, 150 South Fifth St. The benefit, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 […]

5/31/2017 – DERBY FESTIVAL YARD SALE SET FOR JUNE 2-3

May 31, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Looking for a bargain? The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its 16th annual Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, at the KDF office at 1001 South Third Street in Old Louisville. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from […]

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 […]