2/11/19 – 2019 DERBY FESTIVAL POSTER UNVEILED – FANS CAN PRE-ORDER ONLINE THROUGH FEBRUARY 17

February 11, 2019. Louisville, KY. – A sign of spring this morning as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2019 poster rolled off the presses at Derby City Litho. This year’s poster was designed by Louisville artist Chimel Ford. His artwork, “Parade,” features a gray scale Pegasus soaring on a vibrantly colored background. A marching band silhouette […]

2/8/19 – PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA ORDERS TO HELP FUND THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE – SPECIAL PROMOTION BEGINS ON NATIONAL PIZZA DAY

February 8, 2019. Louisville, KY. – To celebrate National Pizza Day on Saturday, February 9, Papa John’s is kicking off the 2019 Papa John’s Thunder Funder Program. Anyone who orders Papa John’s Pizza can be a Thunder Funder and help support this year’s Thunder Over Louisville, now just 64 days away. Beginning February 9th through […]

2/8/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL AND KENTUCKY LOTTERY LOOKING FOR 2019 FESTIVAL FANATIC WINNER RECEIVES ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE

February 8, 2019. Louisville, KY. – A losing lottery ticket could help you win big for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival. The Festival and Kentucky Lottery are joining forces to give away a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky winner will be named the 2019 Festival Fanatic and receive a prize package that includes unique experiences from […]

2/6/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL AND PNC TEAM UP TO OFFER TRAINING PROGRAM FOR CYCLISTS

February 6, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Wish you could ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC can help you do both through their NEW training program for bicyclists at all experience levels. Registration for the FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program opens Thursday, February 7, online at […]

2/4/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE

February 4, 2019. Louisville, KY. – 68 days and counting to this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The Festival announced the theme of this year’s show and named the event’s sponsors at their headquarters this morning. This year’s theme – “The Wonderful World of Thunder” – will celebrate 30 […]

2/1/19 -TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR DERBY FESTIVAL’S PREMIER FASHION EVENT

February 1, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Time to start planning what you’ll be wearing this spring to all the Derby Festival events. You’ll find the latest looks and hottest trends at the Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show on March 28th. Tickets go on sale today for the season’s most exclusive fashion event. The […]

1/30/19 – REGISTRATION PRICES ARE GOING UP FOR DERBY FESTIVAL ROAD RACES

January 30, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Now’s the time to sign up for the 2019 Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon. Registration prices increase this Friday, February 1st. Runners and walkers waiting to sign up will want to register soon to save money and guarantee their spot in Kentucky’s largest road race. Current registration […]

1/25/19 – GET TICKETS NOW FOR THE FIRST DERBY FESTIVAL EVENT OF 2019

January 25, 2019 Louisville, KY. – A sign of warmer temperatures! Tickets for the first official Kentucky Derby Festival event of 2019 are on sale now! The event – Festival Unveiled – is set for Thursday, March 14th at 5 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center. “Festival Unveiled” will showcase several elements of the upcoming […]

1/15/18 – SEARCH IS ON FOR THE NEXT ‘DERBY BURGER’ CHAMPION

January 15, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Do you have a stand out burger recipe? The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion. Starting today hamburger recipes will be accepted for submission in the eighth annual “Derby Burger Challenge,” sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can […]

1/7/19 – NEW YEAR, NEW DERBY FESTIVAL ROYAL COURT

January 7, 2019. Louisville, KY. – It’s an early sign of spring in Kentuckiana! New Derby Festival Royalty were crowned this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by […]

12/20/18 NEW SPONSOR KEEPS DERBY FESTIVAL BALLOONFEST ALOFT

December 20, 2019. Louisville, KY. – A new sponsor has stepped in to help keep a favorite Derby Festival event on the schedule for 2019. BB&T is the new title sponsor of the Festival’s three-day Great BalloonFest. A longtime friend of the Festival, BB&T decided to take their partnership to new heights, after learning of […]

11/16/18 – READY TO RUN? TRAIN FOR FREE WITH DERBY FESTIVAL AND NORTON SPORTS HEALTH

November 16, 2018, Louisville, KY. – If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 15-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road […]

11/13/18 – HUMANA TEAMS UP WITH DERBY FESTIVAL FOR KENTUCKY’S LARGEST ROAD RACE – RELAY DIVISION OFFERS SHORTER DISTANCES FOR PARTICIPANTS

November 13, 2018. Louisville, KY. – A Louisville-based company focused on keeping you healthy is now partnering with a local event that gets over 12,000 people in shape every year – the Derby Festival’s miniMarathon and Marathon. Humana announced this morning they will be the title sponsor of Kentucky’s largest annual road race in 2019. […]

11/2/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL CALLING ALL SUPER HEROES FOR NEXT YEAR’S PARADE

November 2, 2018. Louisville, KY. – You may want to hang on to your Halloween costumes for next year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. Themed “Pegasus Power,” the parade on May 2, 2019, will celebrate super heroes from all walks of life. “Everyone has a hero. From real-life to the big screen, we plan to celebrate […]

10/29/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL TO ROLL OUT FIRST EVER RACE MEDAL SERIES IN 2019; RUNNERS WILL HELP CHOOSE THE DESIGNS

October 29, 2018. Louisville, KY. – After crossing the finish line, it’s all about the bling for runners. Starting in 2019, the Derby Festival is taking their race hardware to a new level by launching a four-year medal series for runners participating in the miniMarathon and Marathon Presented by Humana. The finisher medals from 2019 […]

10/2/18 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL WINS BIG AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

October 2, 2018, 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, […]

8/27/18 – REGISTRATION FOR DERBY FESTIVAL MINI & MARATHON OPENS SEPT. 12 – BEST DEALS DURING THE FIRST 24 HOURS!

August 27, 2018. Louisville, KY. – Runners mark your calendars! Registration for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Humana opens on Wednesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. EST. The Festival is kicking off registration at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, discounted VIP […]

8/24/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL’S SEARCH FOR NEW ROYALTY BEGINS MONDAY!

August 24, 2018, Louisville, KY. – The search is on for a new court of Kentucky Derby Festival Royalty! The application process for the 2019 Royal Court opens online Monday, August 27, 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 […]

7/2/18 – THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD ON JULY 4TH

July 2, 2018. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2018 Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville – will be re-broadcast on the American Forces Network 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. “We’re honored that we can […]

6/22/18 – DERBY FESTIVAL RUNNERS RAISE OVER $158,000 FOR CHARITIES

June 22, 2018. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program raised over $158,000 in 2018 for local charities. 31 different charitable organizations benefitted from the program by having individual runners and running teams participate in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon Presented by Humana on April 28. The Charity […]