April 27, 2023. Louisville, KY. – Due to the forecast with wet weather, low cloud ceilings, and less-than-optimal conditions for ballooning, tomorrow morning’s L&N Federal Credit Union Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush Hour Race has been canceled. The Rush Hour Race was scheduled to launch at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning from Bowman Field.
The other L&N Federal Credit Union Great BalloonFest events are set to go on as scheduled, including the L&N Federal Credit Union Great Balloon Glow at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront at 9 p.m. tomorrow night; and the L&N Federal Credit Union Great Balloon Race on Saturday, April 29, at Bowman Field.
Since the first Great Balloon Race was held in 1973, the Derby Festival’s balloon events have been considered among the best in the country by pilots from all around the world. BalloonFest attractions are annually among the most popular family-friendly events on the Derby Festival schedule.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest is sponsored by L&N Federal Credit Union with Contributing Sponsors Breeze Airways, Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Media Sponsors are MIX 106.9 and WLKY.
About Kentucky Derby Festival
2023 marks the 68th year for the Kentucky Derby Festival, a month-long celebration packed with 70+ events leading up to the first Saturday in May. As an independent community organization, it’s supported by 4,000 volunteers, more than 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. It entertains more than 1.5 million people every spring and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.