Friday, April 11:


8:30 AM – 10 AM Set-up for the They’re Off! Luncheon in the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Volunteers will be setting up for today’s luncheon.

10 AM – 8 PM   Final Set-up and preparation for Thunder Over Louisville. Tents, Interactive Exhibits on the Great Lawn and vendors will set-up as weather permits. Most exhibits will begin set-up after 6 p.m. on the South Great Lawn.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Kirk Herbstreit will be available for an interview/photography session in the Breathitt Room of the Galt House East Hotel. A KDF media credential will permit access. PLEASE NOTE this is the only available interview time.

11:30 PM 58th Annual They’re Off! Luncheon in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House East Hotel

12:00 PM   Annual “Gas Up” for Thunder Lunch with the Thunder Crew in the Command Center. Galt House Hotel West, Room 2400.

12:00 PM – 4 PM   Air Show Practice for Demo Teams and other aircraft as weather permits

2:15 PM Thundernator Melanie Chilton of Louisville, who won the Kentucky Lottery’s “Festival Fanatic” promotion will be available for interviews as she tours the Command Center Galt House Hotel West, Room 2400.

6:30 PM The Fillies’ Derby Ball, 7:45 PM Coronation of the Derby Festival Queen. Galt House West Archibald Cochran Ballroom. 

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

June 21 - June 21