Thursday, March 3, 2016. Louisville, KY.   – It’s a sure sign of spring!  The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 44th edition of the Pegasus Pins started shipping out to over 1,000 locations this morning. Beginning on Monday, March 7, the pins will be available at retail outlets, financial institutions, and participating Riverside Parking locations. $5 at retail locations and $7 at the entrance to events, 2016 Pegasus Pins are also available for purchase through PegasusPins.com.

Again this year, the Festival is giving away weekly Grand Prizes and any 2016 Pegasus Pin will be your opportunity to win. The prizes will be given away on Fridays beginning Friday, March 18 through Friday, May 6. The drawings will be broadcast on WAVE 3 TV. Just register your pin using the KDF App or online at PegasusPins.com. All pins must be registered to be eligible for the weekly grand prize drawings.

 “You can’t lose with the purchase of a Pegasus Pin,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. “They are a tremendous value providing free admission into more than half of the Festival’s events, and any 2016 plastic pin could make you a Grand Prize winner.”

Weekly Grand Prizes include:  $2,500 AAA East Central Travel Certificate; $2,500 Kroger Grocery Card; $2,500 Kroger Gift Card; $2,500 Commonwealth Credit Union Visa Gift Card; one free all laser LASIK procedure of a $3,390 value; $2,000 Meijer Shopping Spree, and a $4,000 cash prize from RiverLink. To find out if your pin is a winner, tune into Wave 3 News for the Weekly Grand Prize Drawings and the Gold Pin Drawing.

 Pegasus Pin purchasers also have a chance to win one of the coveted Gold Winner Pegasus Pins.  With nearly 12,000 of these pins in circulation, the odds of finding a gold winner Pegasus Pin are approximately1 in 20. In addition to the Weekly Grand Prizes, Gold Pin Winners are also eligible for a chance to win a 2016 Honda CRV, which will be given away on Friday, May 13.

 This year’s pin design features the newly opened Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the outlines of both Kentucky and Indiana, as well as the Festival’s corporate Pegasus image.  Three local discount coupons will be available inside each pin envelope.  One of those coupons includes an exclusive offer from Liquor Barn. The coupon (which is on the back of every registration card inside each envelope) is good for one free special edition Kentucky Derby Festival Commemorative Glass, available only at participating Louisville area Liquor Barns (Hurstbourne, Springhurst, Bashford Manor, Fern Valley, Jefferson Commons & Middletown Commons). The glasses will be available while supplies last.

 Started as an awareness campaign for the not-for-profit civic celebration in 1973, the plastic Pegasus Pins are now one of four primary sources of funding the Derby Festival events.  It has become a way for the community to have ownership in the Festival and show their pride in the region’s largest celebration.

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