Without Derby Spectators, Businesses Look to Locals To Stay Afloat Tuesday, Sep 1 2020 


Derby City was on top of the world back in February: Louisville was a hot tourism destination with a booming convention business and in three months, it would stage an annual horse-race and festival that would bring in spectators from all around the world.

Then the pandemic hit.

“In mid-March we came to a screeching halt, and I mean screeching halt,” said Louisville Tourism President and CEO Karen Williams. “We have taken off much of the business we had on the books for 2020. We still have a few here and there but we feel like eventually they will probably all come off.”


Kentucky Derby Festival postpones all events Saturday, Mar 21 2020 

By Madelin Shelton–

In addition to the postponement of the Kentucky Derby to September 5, the Kentucky Derby Festival has also been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 17 the Kentucky Derby Festival issued a press release explaining that the decision came after communication with the governor’s office, the mayor’s office and public health experts. 

Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO, said in the press release that this decision was made in the interest of health and safety. “Public health and safety needs to be our focus right now,” Gibson said. “We want to help in that effort and we also want the community to know we will be here once we get through this.”

The Festival hosts more than 70 events in the weeks preceding the famed Kentucky Derby. It hopes to still host some of its most popular events, including the minimarathon, the Pegasus Parade, Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon. Thunder Over Louisville has been rescheduled for August 15 and other new dates will be released when they have been finalized. 

Further information about ticketed events, refunds and participant registration are also to be determined. Those who have purchased a 2020 Pegasus Pin are advised to continue to hold them. The pins will be usable at the festival during its later dates. 

The Kentucky Derby Festival will reach its 65th-anniversary milestone this year. While some festival events have had to be postponed or moved in previous years, this year will mark the first time in the festival’s history that all events will be postponed.

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Kentucky Derby Festival unveils 2020 Thunder Over Louisville theme, has new airshow box Wednesday, Feb 12 2020 

The theme of the 2020 show is “Thunder’s Greatest Hits” and will celebrate the greatest hits from the past 30 years of Thunder soundtracks.


In episode 43, we fervently hope that spring is here to stay and… Monday, Mar 31 2014 

In episode 43, we fervently hope that spring is here to stay and that the forecast for this week is true (70s!).

If it is and you get a chance for a local adventure in the next few weeks, you can get a $1 off your Heine beverage if you bring them a ticket stub, story or photo of a local adventure. More info and recommendations here.

Apart from warmer temperatures, we’re looking forward to:

-Cyclouvia on April 13th, on Frankfort Avenue this time (also, Pope Street is where Silver Dollar and Hilltop Tavern are. We weren’t sure while recording).

-Theatre 502 presenting The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn in its entirety on April 2nd, 4th, 19th and 21st.

-the first Bats’ regular season home game vs. Columbus on April 10th

-Thunder Over Louisville on April 12th

-the Mayor’s Give a Day week (or eight days – April 12-20)

-Kentucky Shakespeare’s Hamlet tour through Louisville parks, April 6-May 18th

-Mates of State at Headliners, April 18th

This episode, the Bullseye interview with RuPaul and Terry Crews melted Linda’s butter (here are all of Crews’ Old Spice commercials in one YouTube video). Melissa had her first rolf massage, but it won’t be her last.  

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