9/10/19 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL NAMES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO

Long-time staffer, Matt Gibson, to take the reins September 10, 2019. Louisville, KY – Matt Gibson, who’s led the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Events and Operations since 2003, will be the organization’s next President and CEO. Gibson was selected after an extensive nationwide search. “This truly is a lifelong dream. My job at the Kentucky Derby […]

8/26/19 – Search is on for 2020 Derby Festival Royalty

APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS TODAY FOR 2020 ROYAL COURT August 26, 2019, Louisville, KY. – The search is on for new Kentucky Derby Festival royalty! The application process for the 2020 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 […]

7/2/19 – THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD ON JULY 4TH

July 2, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2019 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. “Sharing Thunder Over Louisville is […]

6/27/19 – KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL MOURNS LOSS OF CHAIR-ELECT

Memorial fund established in his honor June 27, 2019. Louisville, KY – Hearts are heavy this week at the Kentucky Derby Festival as the organization mourns the loss of Mike Ziemianski (Zuh-man-ski), a longtime volunteer and Board Member who was to serve as Chair for the 2021 Festival. Ziemianski, known simply as “Mike Z” or […]

6/25/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL RUNNERS RAISE OVER $124,000 FOR CHARITIES

June 25, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program raised over $124,000 in 2019 for local charities. 27 different charitable organizations benefitted from the program by having individual runners and running teams participate in the 2019 Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon on April 27. The Charity Module has […]

6/19/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL HITS JACKPOT WITH 2020 CHAIR

JUDY HESS OF HORSESHOE TO CHAIR NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL June 19, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Horseshoe Southern Indiana’s Judy Genovese Hess will chair the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival. Hess, who’s served on the Festival’s board for 20 years, was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting last night. Hess is Community […]

6/18/19 – VINCENZO’S COOKS UP FUNDRAISER FOR DERBY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION

UofL Coach Jeff Walz will be a Celebrity Chef at June 23rd Event June 18, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele will host their eighth annual “Night at Vincenzo’s” fund-raiser for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation on Sunday, June 23. The elegant event will be held at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Louisville. UofL […]

6/12/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL FUN RETURNS ON FRIDAY

FamFest is June 14 in New Albany June 12, 2019. Louisville, KY.- The Kentucky Derby Festival returns to Southern Indiana this Friday, for one day only! The second annual Horseshoe Foundation FamFest is set for Friday, June 14, in Downtown New Albany. The event was originally scheduled for April 19 but was postponed due to […]

6/6/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL YARD SALE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

June 6, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Looking for a bargain? The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its 18th annual Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 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 […]

6/3/19 – Registration for 2020 Derby Festival mini & Marathon Opens THIS WEEK!

DERBY FESTIVAL TO OPEN MINI & MARATHON REGISTRATION ON NATIONAL RUNNING DAY BEST DEALS DURING THE FIRST 24 HOURS ON JUNE 5! June 3, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Kentucky Derby Festival is celebrating National Running Day in a big way, by opening registration for the 2020 Humana miniMarathon and Marathon earlier than ever on June […]

5/21/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Poster Submissions for 2020 Open Online May 21, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival may have just wrapped up, but organizers are already working on plans for 2020. That includes the search for the next Official Poster Artist. For the first time, the Festival is taking submissions online at KDF.org/posterartists. All types […]

5/14/19 – DERBY FESTIVAL RETURNS IN JUNE FOR EVENT IN SOUTHERN INDIANA

FamFest Rescheduled for June 14 in New Albany May 14, 2019. Louisville, KY.- The Kentucky Derby Festival returns to Southern Indiana in June for its second annual Horseshoe Foundation FamFest. Festival is partnering with the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County to bring the free family friendly event to New Albany on Friday, June 14. The […]

5/7/19 – ONE MORE DAY TO REGISTER DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PINS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Derby Festival fans who found a Gold Winner Pin in their 2019 Pegasus Pin Sponsorship envelope must register online at www.PegasusPins.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, to be eligible for the drawing of the Gold Pin Grand Prize – a 2019 Honda CR-V from Kentuckiana Honda Dealers. […]

5/2/19 – SUPER POWERED PARADE THRILLS FANS ON BROADWAY

May 2, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Thousands of fans donning superhero masks and capes, lined the street tonight as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest and inaugural event – the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – marched down Broadway. Themed “Pegasus Power,” this year’s parade featured over 100 units, including 11 floats, 12 equestrian units, 6 inflatables, […]

5/2/19 – WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FRIDAY

This is the schedule for FRIDAY’S Festival activities. Derby Eve 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, the Budweiser Beer Garden, and more at RAM […]

5/2/19 – LOCAL CHARITIES TAKE CENTER STAGE AT DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY EVENT

May 2, 2019. 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. Four 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 […]

5/1/19 – BELLE OF LOUISVILLE RECLAIMS STEAMBOAT RACE TITLE

BELLE OF LOUISVILLE REIGNS QUEEN OF THE OHIO May 1, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The Belle of Louisville has reclaimed the crown as riverboat royalty, after winning tonight’s Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369. In a unanimous decision from the judges who were aboard both boats, the hometown Belle was declared the winner […]

5/1/19 – REPUBLIC BANK PEGASUS PARADE MARCHES TOMORROW

May 1, 2019. Louisville, KY. – The event that started the Kentucky Derby Festival – the 64th annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – steps off TOMORROW, May 2, at 5 p.m. The parade will march West on Broadway from Campbell to 9th Street. As one of the festival’s most cherished and popular events, the parade […]

5/1/19 – WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE DERBY FESTIVAL THURSDAY

This is the schedule for THURSDAY’S Festival activities. 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 Sponsors: Commonwealth Bank & Trust and Macy’s. Media Sponsors: The Voice-Tribune and 106.9 PLAY. ****ALL MEDIA REQUIRE […]

4/30/19 – WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE DERBY FESTIVAL ON WEDNESDAY

This is the schedule for WEDNESDAY’S Festival activities. Bounce for a Good Cause: KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BATTLE OF THE BOUNCE. 11 AM – 1 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, RAM Truck Field (Great Lawn). Obstacle course competition that benefits Christian Care Communities, Kentuckiana Stroke Association and Mattingly Edge. Admission is free with a 2019 […]