Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is officially open on LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront Thursday, Apr 27 2017 

Louisville, KY., – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront is open and will run through Friday, May 5.  Fest-A-Ville is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Also, thanks to Churchill Downs, Inc., there will be free admission today. So, for Thursday only, patrons will not need a Pegasus Pin to enter Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.

Photo from Mayor Fischer's Twitter Page

Photo from Mayor Fischer’s Twitter Page

This ultimate entertainment experience features the Waterfront Jam with national talent, family fun, food vendors, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Admission is a 2017 Pegasus Pin. Kroger is Title Sponsor of the event, with Contributing Sponsor Miller Lite and Media Sponsor The Courier-Journal.

 

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.

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Hundreds of really smart people marched in Downtown LouisvilleKY March for Science Sunday Monday, Apr 24 2017 

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley

Louisville, KY., – One day after most of the world held their respective marches, post-Thunder Louisville held its own March for Science. I, for one, am certainly NOT one of those really smart people, but I and my family did want to add our voices to those in support of science and send a message to this current administration to ignore the “alternative facts” and use some common sense — something that seems to be really lacking in this country lately.

After a few speeches from local scientists, future scientists and activists in front of Metro Hall, the march ensued up 5th Street, left on Main Street and on to the Kentucky Science Center where chants of “Science not Silence” could be heard blocks away. We then proceeded back down 6th Street and eventually returned to Metro Hall.

Here are just a few amateurish photos I took Sunday afternoon (except the first one):

I took a screenshot of this one off Twitter. Even though I didn't take it, this has to be one of my favorites of the day!

I took a screenshot of this one off Twitter. Even though I didn’t take it, this has to be one of my favorites of the day!

 

 

 

This one speaks for itself

This one speaks for itself

 

 

As does this one...

As does this one…

 

 

It may be too hard to make out, but the sign says "I can't believe we have to march for this".

It may be too hard to make out, but the sign says “I can’t believe we have to march for this”.

 

 

The Star Wars geek in me and my child really appreciated this!

The Star Wars geek in me and my child really appreciated this!

 

 

As well as this one...

As well as this one…

 

 

I'll just leave this one right here...

I’ll just leave this one right here…

 

 

Here we go!

And here we go!

 

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This year’s LouisvilleKY Buy Local Fair to be Held May 21st Monday, Apr 24 2017 

Event to add craft cocktail competition as a new feature

Louisville, KY (April 21, 2017) -The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 9th Annual Buy Local Fair on Sunday, May 21st from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Presented by Louisville Water Company, admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $5 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking. Last year’s fair drew over 8,000 attendees.

 
The fair will include more than 200 booths from a variety of local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers, as well as live music, The Trend Appliances cooking competition, food and drink vendors, ValuMarket craft beer tent, Cox’s Back Porch area for the grownups and a children’s area as well.
For the first time, the fair will also feature a “Drink Local Craft Cocktail Competition,” where local mixologists will create unique cocktails, and attendees will be able to vote for their favorite. The winning mixologist and brand will receive a one year’s membership to LIBA.
buy local fair
The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that fosters cooperation, cross-pollination and strength in numbers for locally-owned, independent entities. By bringing together customers of various businesses, farms, craftspeople and bands unique to the Louisville-area, we expose a variety of endeavors to new audiences and increase business for all.
                              
The 2017 Buy Local Fair is presented by Louisville Water Company and sponsored by Louisville Metro Council, Amish Hills Furniture, The Trend Appliances, Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, Cox’s Smokers Outlet and Spirit Shoppe, Nanz & Kraft Florists, Eclipse Bank,  eyedia Design It Again, ValuMarket, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, Louisville Public Media, LEO Weekly, , YELP Louisville, Maloney Outdoor Advertising, Heaven Hill Brands, WAKY, Delivra and La Fleur de Merde. For more information, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair.
About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance
LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visitwww.keeplouisvilleweird.com
About Louisville Water Co.
Louisville Water provides a safe, high-quality of drinking water to over 850,000 people in Louisville Metro and surrounding communities. Louisville Water began operations in October 1860 as Kentucky’s first public water provider. For more info, visitwww.louisvillewater.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s Jewish Community Relations Council and Louisville’s Jewish Community Center Presents Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration 2017 Friday, Apr 21 2017 

The “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m. at Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts;

Free to the Public

 

Louisville, KY, – – The Jewish Community Relations Council and The J (formerly known as JCC) invites the entire community to enjoy this captivating production,“I Never Saw Another Butterfly”, (directed by John Leffert staring local actors) dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust victims as a vow that it will never happen again!

jewish community

Matt Goldberg, Director of Community Relations-Jewish Federation of Louisville: “As we get further and further away from the events of the Holocaust, it is more important than ever that we continue to tell the story of what happened at the hands of the Nazis.  A fitting way to tell the story is through the arts, as the art created by the victims of the Holocaust… music, art, poetry… is a powerful tug at the heart.  This event will tell a heartbreaking story of how the prison walls of the Terezin concentration camp inspired the prisoners to scream out in terror, with the arts as their voice.  The victims of the Holocaust demand that we hear, see, and feel what they went through, so we never forget, so we ensure that it never happens again.”

WHEN:         Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

WHERE:       Kentucky Center – Bomhard Theatre – Free to the Public

 

For more information and to register, visit www.jewishlouisville.org/yomhashoah.

Also visit: https://jewishlouisville.org/yom-hashoah-program-focus-arts-kids-act-remembrance/

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KDF to honor LouisvilleKY’s favorite son at it’s Kick-off luncheon Wednesday, Apr 19 2017 

April 19, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – Each year, the Kentucky Derby Festival presents the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award, a tradition since 1962, to an individual or organization for their outstanding service to the community. This year’s award will be given to honor the Muhammad Ali Center. The award will be presented at the 61st annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel. Along with the award, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation – the Derby Festival’s charitable arm – will also present a $5,000 check to the Center.

 

“While we mourn the loss of Louisville legend Muhammad Ali, our community is fortunate that his spirit lives on through the work of the Muhammad Ali Center,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO.  “More than just a Louisville tourist attraction, the Ali Center calls us to a higher purpose – to be great and to do great things. The Festival could not be more proud of honoring Muhammad’s legacy than presenting his namesake organization with the Silver Horseshoe Award.”

Ali Center

kdf derby festival logo

The Muhammad Ali Center has served and inspired children and adults for over a decade to pursue greatness in their own lives and communities. While home to an award-winning museum which preserves the incredible life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, the multicultural center has developed impactful programming that promotes respect, hope, and understanding. Through the Center, Muhammad Ali’s ideals and principles have reached all cultures, nationalities, ages and geographic areas.

“Fifth Third is honored to partner with KDF to present the 2017 Silver Horseshoe Award to the Muhammad Ali Center”, said Mike Ash, Fifth Third Bank’s Kentucky Regional President.  “The Muhammad Ali center plays an inspirational role in our community and shares two of Fifth Third’s strongest core values, respect and inclusion. At Fifth Third we believe when everyone is valued, we’re stronger as partners. The Fifth Third team recognizes the work and commitment the Muhammad Ali Center dedicates to making our community stronger. We are honored to recognize the success of the Muhammad Ali Center and proud to support their mission.” 

The Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award will be presented by Mike Ash of Fifth Third Bank and Chad McTighe, Chair of the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. For 55 years, the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award has been awarded to various organizations and individuals who’ve made significant contributions in our community.

 

The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a 501(c ) 3 not-for-profit charity, was established in 1998. The Foundation receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., and is dedicated to providing assistance for charities in the community. Since its inception, the Foundation has given more than $350,000 to support other non-profit agencies and charitable causes.

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LouisvilleKY’s Thunder is more than just fireworks Wednesday, Apr 19 2017 

DON’T MISS THUNDER ON THE GROUND

 

Louisville, KY. You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville this year than simply look to the sky. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, Ford’s Thunder on the Ground activities will offer numerous ways to entertain friends and family members as well. From the Thunder FoodFest to the Interactive Display Area to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore to be found all over the venue. Some attractions require a 2017 Pegasus Pin admission, but some activities are completely free. Most are open from 11:00 a.m. until the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

 

Some of the Ford Thunder on the Ground activities include:

Photo from KDF's Instagram page

Photo from KDF’s Instagram page

  • Thunder on the North Great Lawn – 2017 Pegasus Pin admission. Opens at 9 a.m., featuring food, Beer Garden and Thunder Sound. Make sure to visit Old 502 Wine & Spirits Bar. (The rest of Waterfront Park will also open at 9 a.m. on Thunder Day) (NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
  • Meijer Family Fun Zone on the West Belvedere – 2017 Pegasus Pin admission. Opens at 11 a.m., featuring kids activities including bounce houses, face painting and photo opportunities with the Big Red Chair, food, Beer Garden and Thunder Sound. (NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
  • Thunder Chow Wagon – 2017 Pegasus Pin admission. Opens at 11 a.m., featuring food, Falls City Beer, the Blue Chair Bay Rum Shack, Barefoot Bubbly Sampling, Drake’s by the River and Thunder Sound.  (NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)
  • Olivia Henken will perform on the Miller Lite Music Stage at 2 p.m. inside the Thunder Chow Wagon.
  • Military Interactive Display Area on the South Great Lawn opens at 11 a.m.  Attractions include:  U.S. Army exhibit featuring the Army Adventure Trailer, Dog Tag Machine, Physical Fitness Challenge and a Blackhawk Helicopter; U.S. Navy experience including fitness challenges, photo booth and much more; U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service; Kentucky National Guard’s static display of 2 military vehicles, recruiting trailer, obstacle course with tire flip and water jug challenge, and push and pull up challenge; U.S. Marine Corps and much more!
  • Kid’s Activities & Play Areas on the South Great Lawn: Attractions include: X-perience – on behalf of Ford Motor Company, Active Heroes, Ali Baba, Alien Abduction, Boost Mobile, Drop & Twist, Great Big Idaho Potato, Hampton, Hurricane, Lil Wheel, MGR, Ninja Jump, Ships Ahoy, Sizzler, Sprint, Typhoon, Zumur and more!
  • The Thunder FoodFest will offer a wide variety of tasty treats from more than 100 food vendors from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Chow Wagon, Great Lawn, West Belvedere, and along Witherspoon Street and East River Road.
  • Beer Gardens, with Pegasus Pin admission, will be open at the Chow Wagon, Meijer Family Fun Zone on the West Belvedere, North Great Lawn and Big Four Bridge Lawn.
  • Pegasus Pin trading fans can add to their collections by visiting the following locations on Thunder Day from noon to 7 p.m.: Pin Wagon at 4th & River Road (SW Corner), Brook/ Bingham Way & Witherspoon Plaza (near Chow Wagon), Preston & Witherspoon (NE Corner), River Road near Walking Bridge (North side) and Second & Main (foot of 2nd St. Bridge).
  • Official Derby Festival Merchandise, including ThunderWear, will be available at the Waterfront Chow Wagon, South Great Lawn, East Great Lawn, 2nd Street and River Road, 3rd Street and River Road, 4th Street and River Road, Preston and Witherspoon, Bingham and Witherspoon, River Road and Bingham Way and in Southern Indiana.
  • Merchant Row along Witherspoon at the Great Lawn will feature vendors selling a wide variety of things including sunglasses, hand-drawn caricatures and more!

 

Presenting sponsors of the 2017 Thunder Over Louisville are Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, and Valero.

 

 

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LouisvilleKY’s Beargrass Creek presentation to take place Monday at Mayor’s Gallery Wednesday, Apr 19 2017 

Louisville, Ky., – The Mayor’s Music and Art Series will feature a special Earth Day presentation of “Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard” in the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall on Monday, April 24 at Noon. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion, and informational vendor booths will be on site.

“Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard,” examines Louisville’s primary urban stream in all its majesty and misery. It serves as a vital conversation starter designed to engage all residents and visitors in the future of the creek and the neighborhoods that comprise its 61-square-mile watershed. The documentary was written and produced by Morgan C. Atkinson.

“We care about clean water, healthy streams and the ‘Creek in Our Backyard.’  We care enough to come together and figure out how to make Beargrass Creek pure again.  Join the discussion about the future of Beargrass Creek, the creek in our backyard,” said Dr. David Wicks, the film’s executive producer.

Beargrass creek

As a local educator, paddler and activist, Wicks has always been a strong proponent of the restoration and preservation of Beargrass Creek. Originally funded by a Kickstarter campaign and the Louisville Audubon Society, the film was created over the past two years.

Since its creation, the documentary has influenced social change as the Beargrass Creek Conceptual Plan has gained more than 40 supporting organizations. The plan, sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Louisville Metro Parks, aims to improve water quality and wildlife habitat along the creek, as well as complete first Louisville Loop Spur Trail, a bike and hike trail from Waterfront Park to Cherokee Park

The documentary has been shown at several venues around the city and will be featured on KET for Earth Day 2017.

The showing at the Mayor’s Gallery is free and open to the public. The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the film will begin at noon. Following the documentary, there will be a panel discussion about the creek’s future, with Atkinson and several civic leaders. Several environmental and governmental agencies will have booths with more information.

To find out more about the documentary, visit www.beargrassdocumentary.org. The documentary was sponsored by The Beargrass Creek Alliance. 

The Mayor’s Gallery at historic Louisville Metro Hall reopened in March following renovations. This space is used for the Mayor’s Music and Art Series. The music portion of the series features a local band or musician on the first Thursday of every month. The art series takes place every two months, and features a local artist in the community.

The gallery is available for the public to use to host meetings, events and performances. Currently, the space is being used for WFPK’s Live Lunch on Fridays through April, while the Louisville Public Media performance studio is under construction.

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Top Chef alums visit LouisvilleKy’s Decca for late-night Derby Eve party May 5 Tuesday, Apr 18 2017 

 

Chef Annie Pettry hosts fellow contestants for Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge
 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 17, 2017) – – – Chef Annie Pettry will host fellow competitors from last season’s Top Chef: Charleston for a special Beats & Eats event in the Cellar Lounge at Decca Friday, May 5 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Revelers can mingle with Katsuji Tanabe, Gerald Sombright, season winner Brooke Williamson and other surprise guests while enjoying old-school hip-hop music from DJ Ryan Rugger, drink specials and a one-night-only late-night menu of the chefs’ favorite snacks, all under $10. The Derby Eve event is free to attend.
 
Decca
Pettry competed on the most recent season of Top Chef filmed in Charleston, S.C. in the summer of 2016. She invited her friends and fellow contestants to attend the Kentucky Derby and celebrate the best of Kentucky at her restaurant during their stay. Top Chef fans will be able to chat with their favorite contestants and enjoy affordable food and drinks at this special event. Each visiting chef will design an item on the menu of bar foods, hangover helpers, and crave-worthy snacks.
 
Tucked in the basement of bustling NuLu restaurant Decca, the Cellar Lounge is a Louisville cocktail and music haven. With a focus on seasonality, the Cellar Lounge uses fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups and tinctures mixed with spirits from small-batch distilleries for expertly-crafted cocktails. Guests can eat and enjoy the full bar menu as well as the infamous “Five Dolla Holla,” a shot of bourbon and a can of beer for $5. Additional drink specials include select $5 draft beer and house wine and $6 Old Fashioned and Vodka Gimlet cocktails. The Top Chef-inspired late-night snack menu will be announced closer to the event.
 
 
About Decca:
With an ingredient-driven mindset and adventurous palate, chef Annie Pettry creates her own take on soulful American cuisine at her warm Louisville restaurant Decca, located at 812 E. Market St. A two-time Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef” nominee, Pettry was named a “rising star” by Restaurant Hospitality and StarChefs, won Louisville’s Cochon 555 competition, and recently competed on “Top Chef: Charleston.” Decca makes its home in a historically renovated 1870’s building, and features two intimate dining rooms, a private dining room, an outdoor courtyard, and a beautiful brick and limestone cellar for libations and revelry. Decca is open Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with the Cellar Lounge open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturdayfrom 5:30 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call 502-749-8128, visit deccarestaurant.com or follow Decca on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation Announces Charitable Raffles During Kentucky Derby Week Monday, Apr 17 2017 

DERBY FANS ACROSS THE NATION INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RAFFLES TO SUPPORT THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE AND OTHER CHARITABLE INITIATIVES

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Raffle drawings that will be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days. For each raffle, participants will have the chance to win half of that day’s raffle sales, with the other half of the day’s raffle proceeds going toward the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation in support of its charitable initiatives, including Thoroughbred aftercare, arts and educational opportunities for backside employees and breast and ovarian cancer research and prevention.

New this year raffle tickets will be sold online at www.DerbyGives.com. Derby fans across the nation will be able to purchase raffle tickets from their desktop computers or mobile devices.

derby raffles

Tickets for each raffle may be purchased from now until Thurby, Oaks and Derby days respectively.  Raffle tickets are $5 and only open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and who are legal residents of the United States as of the date or purchase. Void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation. For additional information and complete official raffle rules visit www.DerbyGives.com.

Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation’s charitable gaming license number in the Commonwealth of Kentucky is ORG0002461.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation
Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation has donated more than $2.2 million and thousands of volunteer hours to our charitable partners. These annual financial, volunteer and in-kind contributions help support the critical work of nonprofits in our industry, make a difference in important public health programs and provide meaningful opportunities in art and education.  The Foundation has donated to thoroughbred retirement, provided important health services to backside employees, supported Louisville’s thriving arts community and contributed to education and prevention of breast cancer.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2017 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 29-June 30. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and looks forward to hosting it for the ninth time in 2018. Additional information can be found by visiting www.churchilldowns.com.

SOURCE Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation

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Here’s another round-up of LouisvilleKY’s Kentucky Derby Festival’s latest news Monday, Apr 17 2017 

FUTURE CAT, CARDS AND HOOSIERS STAND OUT AT BASKETBALL CLASSIC

Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 4,812 was on hand Saturday night at Freedom Hall as Team Lightning defeated Team Thunder 122-109 in the 44th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (University of Kentucky) was named Team Lightning MVP. WKU signee Taveion Hollingsworth was named MVP of Team Thunder. Xavier signee Naji Marshall was named the “Fan Favorite” in online voting by fans and spectators at the game.
This year’s game featured top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signees Justin Smith and Aljami Durham. At halftime, it was announced that the team of Chuma Okeke (Auburn signee) and Taveion Hollingsworth (Western Kentucky University signee) won Friday night’s 2-on-2 finals at Indiana University Southeast Activities Building during the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars.
“Tonight’s crowd got a sneak peek at players who will become household names among basketball fans over the next few years,” said Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry. “It was another great game with outstanding talent.”
The Finals for these competitions were held at halftime of tonight’s game.
3 POINT SHOOTING CONTEST
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Attending: University of Kentucky
SLAM DUNK CONTEST
Savion Flagg
Attending: Texas A&M
First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The game has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Nolan Smith, among many others.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsor Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.  Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM, and SLAM Magazine. Supporting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods. The game was broadcast on WDRB.
kdf basketball stats
 
The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.
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STOCK YARDS BANK AND DERBY FESTIVAL READY TO GIVE AWAY $1 MILLION HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST

OPENS THURSDAY

 

April 17, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – It’s time to take your shot at $1 million! The Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest opens this Thursday, April 20, and runs through Sunday, April 30. The contest will take place at the Seneca Golf Course Driving Range off Pee Wee Reese Road. There will be 10 days of preliminary qualifying rounds and a Semi-final Round on Sunday, April 30.

 

The preliminary competition is open 10 AM to 8:30 PM every day from April 20 – April 30, except for April 22, when it will be closed for Thunder Over Louisville. The last day for preliminary competition is Sunday, April 30, from 10 AM to 5 PM, and then the Semi-Final round begins at 6 PM.  Competitors and spectators can relax in the refreshment tent located adjacent to the tee area.

 

During the preliminary rounds the 10 closest shots to the hole each day will advance to the Semi-final round, while hole-in-one shots, will advance directly to the Finals.  It’s $1 per shot daily, with 2 shots for $1 specials on the following days:

 

  • Senior Days (62+):  Weekdays 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Junior Day (under 18): April 23
  • First Responders & Veterans Day: April 24
  • Ladies Day:  April 25

 

There are a total of 56 positions in the Finals, which include all daily hole-in-one qualifiers, four female qualifiers from Ladies’ Day, plus two qualifiers under the age of 18 from Junior Day advance as well.  The Finals will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at 6 PM at Seneca Golf Course Hole #8. If no hole in one is awarded during the Grand Prize round, the participant coming closest to the hole during the Finals will receive a $5,000 first prize.

KDF Hole in One

Stock Yards Bank is the title sponsor of the event. Contributing Sponsor is Metro Parks & Recreation, joining Media Sponsors WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville

 

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.


TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR DERBY FESTIVAL ROAD RACES

Louisville, KY. – If you plan to run the Derby Festival’s Marathon or miniMarathon, but haven’t registered yet, your time is running out!  Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon Presented by Walmart and Humana will close at midnight on Thursday, April 20. There will be no late registration. The registration fees are $95 for the miniMarathon and $105 for the Marathon. Runners can register online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.

For runners who don’t want to go the distance of the mini or full Marathon, they can recruit friends and register as a team. In conjunction with the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, the Marathon Team Relay option is again being offered. The Team Relay registration fee is $325. Teams can consist of up to 5 runners and have as few as 3 competing members. Relay Teams will run the same course as the Marathon, which has been divided into 5 separate legs consisting of two 5k, two 10k, and a 12.2k.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon is still the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky. 2017 races are set for Saturday, April 29, and will again be capped at 18,000 runners. Both races will start simultaneously at 7:30 am on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish at Preston and Witherspoon streets.

derby marathon

Walmart and Humana are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the Marathon and miniMarathon. The Official Race Medical Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Official Pace Car: John Jones Auto Group.

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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