December 16, 2022. Louisville, KY. – The final countdown is on for finding the perfect present, and the Derby Festival has you covered for several one-of-a-kind gifts for the favorite Festival fan in your life. Here’s a round-up of last-minute gift ideas offering “tree-mendous” value, whether you’re on the hunt for something stylish, experiential or outside the box. All items can be purchased from the comfort of your home and are available online at KDF.org.
For the fashion lover in your life, the Derby Festival’s new FESTIVE line features colorful sweatshirts, t-shirts and a cozy buffalo plaid blanket. (Local orders placed online by Monday, Dec. 19 can be picked up through Thursday, Dec. 22. Pick up is at 12/13 Apparel by Synergism in Louisville. Shipping deadlines have passed.)
Gift the Festival fan a chance to win the Golden Ticket. Purchase a raffle ticket (only 500 are available) for $50. If your recipient is the lucky winner, they’ll score the ultimate 2023 Festival package valued at almost $6,000 and packed with exclusive tickets to more than a dozen 2023 Derby Festival events and experiences.
THAT’S THE TICKET
Surprise your gift recipient with the opportunity to have a fun experience and make some memories, all at the same time. Just in time for the holidays, tickets for five of the Festival’s signature events in 2023 are on sale now, including:
- Festival Unveiled Presented by Four Roses Bourbon (Thursday, March 16 at the Mellwood Art Center)
- Republic Bank BourbonVille (Thursday, April 13 at the Frazier History Museum)
- Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport Thunder Over Louisville VIP Rooftop Party (Saturday, April 22 at the Waterside Garage/Rooftop)
- Shepherd Insurance Great Steamboat Race (Wednesday, May 3 aboard the Belle of Louisville)
- Kentucky Derby Festival Day at the Downs (Thursday, May 4 at Churchill Downs, Skye Terrace)
PINS FOR THE WIN
For the collector in your life, there’s the Derby Festival’s limited-edition 50th Edition Pin Set featuring four pins – Official Pegasus Pin, Gold Winner Pin, Exchange Pin and Pegasus Metal Pin. Pegasus Pins (available in a variety of years at KDF.org) also make an ideal stocking stuffer and a fun option for the Festival fan who wants to start or complete a collection. (Local orders placed online by Monday, Dec. 19 can be picked up through Thursday, Dec. 22. Pick up is at 12/13 Apparel by Synergism in Louisville. Shipping deadlines have passed.)
RACE & RIDE REGISTRATION
For the active person on your list, gift them with registration for the 2023 GE Appliances miniMarathon and Marathon on Saturday, April 29 (2023 marks the 50th mini) or the PNC Tour de Lou cycling event on Sunday, April 16.
About Kentucky Derby Festival
2023 marks the 68th year for the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Festival is an independent community organization 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.