But then the roughly three-week-long Derby Festival is a little more than a wingding. When
Berry with Stanford-bound 6-foot-11 twins Brook and Robin Lopez at the 2006 Adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
That’s a major fete — one that annually draws more than 1.5 million people enjoying some 70 events, ranging from grass, sand and indoor volleyball contests to food and wine tastings to the Balloon Glow to such monster productions as Thunder Over Louisville and the Pegasus Parade. And how many of those affairs does
His favorite second-tier Festival happening, by the way, is the Great Bed Races, staged at Broadbent Arena. “It is the funniest event, I think, that we produce,” he says.
Premiering this year is a widening of the Festival’s Chow Wagon into the Kroger-sponsored “Fest-a-ville on the Waterfront,” of which the Chow Wagon is just a part. It will include a Great Lawn Grand Stage with big-name acts, a new food area called “Feast-a-Ville,” a merchandise-selling section dubbed the “Ville-age Market” and the “Pa-Ville-ion” tent for events such as a Texas Hold’Em tournament and bingo games.
DERBY FESTIVAL SPRING FASHION SHOW
April 5. Cocktails, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Galt House East. Preferred seating: $61 each or $610 for a table of 10 (First come, first serve basis). General seating: $51 or $510 for a table of 10. Sponsored by AT&T. Contributing sponsors: Dillard’s, Event Design & Installation, Tab Energy and 102.3 The Max.
April 13. 7 p.m.
April 14. 7 p.m. Freedom Hall. Tickets $10 and $15 reserved. Tickets at TicketMaster locations and the Fairgrounds Ticket Office. Sponsored by Adidas. Contributing sponsors: AT&T, Delta Air Lines and New Rock 104.3 & 105.1 WLRS. Live broadcast on New Rock 104.3 & 105.1 WLRS.
April 17. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Louisville Slugger Field. Features exquisite fare from over 40 of
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April 19-28, 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; April 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Semi-finals 6 p.m. Closed April 21. Water Tower at
April 20. 11:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom, Galt House East. Tickets $66; table of 10, $660 (limited availability). Sponsored by Norton Healthcare. Contributing sponsors:
April 21. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; Queen’s Coronation, 7:30 p.m.; dinner, 8 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Galt House East. Tickets $150 each or $300 per couple. Galt House parking fee. Produced by The Fillies, Inc. Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Contributing sponsor: 102.3 The Max. 292-3180.
April 21. FoodFest, 11 a.m; Airshow, 3 p.m.; Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Downtown Louisville Riverfront,
April 21, 1-11 p.m.
April 21-22, 28-29. Sand divisions at Baxter Jack’s: April 21-22, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and April 28-29 9 a.m.– 9 p.m. Grass divisions at
King Southern Bank
April 23. Morning session, 8 a.m.; afternoon session, 1:30 p.m. Audubon Country Club. Team entries $1,000 morning session, $1,500 afternoon session. Entries open to the public and include golf with local pro, cocktail reception after final round and gift. Sponsor: King Southern Bank. Contributing sponsors: Delta Air Lines and Classic Hit Country WAVG 1450. 584-FEST.
KROGER’S KENTUCKY DERBY FEST-A-VILLE on the waterfront
April 26-May 4.
April 26-May 4.
April 26-27. Clarion Hotel and
BLUEGRASS FAMILY HEALTH
April 26-27. Kentucky International Convention Center Hall 2C. Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; dinner, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free admission to
April 26. Lift-off, 6 p.m., Green Tree Mall,
April 27, 7 a.m.
April 27-29. Harbor Point at
MEIJER DERBY FESTIVAL Marathon/miniMarathon
April 28. 7:30 a.m.. Southern Parkway at
April 28. Clarion Hotel and
April 29. 4 p.m. The Overlook at
DERBY FESTIVAL DON FIGHTMASTER GOLF OUTING FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
April 30. 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
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April 30. 6 p.m. Broadbent Arena. Admission 2007 Pegasus Pin. $5 KEC parking fee. Team of five entry fee $130. Sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company. Contributing Sponsors: AAA Kentucky, Mattress & More and 107.7 SFR. Live broadcast on WAVE 3 TV.
April 30. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. Archibald Cochran Ballroom, Galt House. Dinner tickets $30; post-dinner reception tickets $10. Coordinated by the Bishop Spalding Council of the Knights of
AT&T DERBY FESTIVAL MORNING LINE
April 30-May 1. 6–11 a.m. Radio stations will broadcast their morning shows live from the Kentucky Derby Museum. Sponsored by AT&T. Contributing sponsors: Kentucky Unbridled Spirit and Panera Bread.
ARISON DERBY FESTIVAL RUN FOR THE ROSE?
May 1. 11:30 a.m. Waterfront Park. Admission 2007 Pegasus Pin. Sponsored by Arison Insurance Services, Inc. Contributing sponsors: Beringer Vineyards, Delta Air Lines, Kentucky Restaurant Association-Louisville Chapter and New Rock 104.3 & 105.1 WLRS.
REPUBLIC BANK DERBY FESTIVAL PARADE PREVIEW
May 1. Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing C. Private group tours, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; open to public, 5–9 p.m. Admission 2007 Pegasus Pin. $5 KEC parking fee. Floats, inflatables, equestrians and bands for the Pegasus Parade on display. Sponsored by Republic Bank & Trust Company. Contributing sponsors: AT&T and Kentuckiana Family Magazine. 584-3378, ext. 853.
AT&T DERBY FESTIVAL PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL EXHIBITION
May 1. 6-11 p.m. Baxter Jack’s. Admission 2007 Pegasus Pin. Sponsored by AT&T. Contributing sponsors: ASICS, Mikasa and New Rock 104.3 & 105.1 WLRS. Coordinated by The Volleyball Connection/Tandem Sports. 582-3530.
DERBY FESTIVAL RAMBLE FOR THE ROSES
May 1. 6 p.m. Five-mile walk starting at Iroquois Park Amphitheater. Entry fee: adults, $15; children 8 and under, $6. After April 21: adults, $20; children, $10. Additional $3 for XXXL shirt. Contributing sponsor: 99.7 WDJX. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship programs of the Holy Rosary Foundation, DeSales High School and Holy Cross High School. 329-0769.
FIFTH THIRD BANK DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST FINALS
May 1. 6 p.m. Seneca Golf Course, hole #8. Free for spectators. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Contributing sponsors: Kentuckiana Golf Course Superintendents, Louisville Water Company, WLKY NewsChannel 32 and 84WHAS.
DERBY FESTIVAL KTOB DERBY TRAINERS DINNER
May 1. Hyatt Regency Hotel. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Tickets $150 each. Tables of 10 available. Coordinated by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders, Inc. 259-1643.
BROWN CANCER CENTER PRESENTS DERBY FESTIVAL Wine Fest,
May 1-2. Wine-tasting sessions: 5 p.m.–9 p.m. The Overlook at Waterfront Park. Tickets $31 and include etched souvenir wine glass and WineFest pin. Sponsored by Brown Cancer Center. Contributing sponsors: Today’s Woman and 102.3 The Max.
DERBY FESTIVAL BATTLE OF THE BOUNCE
May 2. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Waterfront Park. Admission 2007 Pegasus Pin. Corporate obstacle-course competition that benefits Christian Care Communities. Media Partners: FOX 41 WDRB-TV and 99.7 WDJX. www.christiancarecommunities.com, 254-4200.
DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE
May 2. Boarding, 3:45-4:40 p.m.; departure, 4:45 p.m.; race, 5 p.m. Awards presentation immediately following on the Wharf. Belle of Louisville tickets $126, limited availability. Free spectator viewing along the banks of the Ohio River. Contributing sponsor: Lite 106.9 WVEZ. 584-FEST.
DERBY FESTIVAL KENTUCKY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET
May 2. Archibald Cochran Ballroom, Galt House. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m.; silent auction 6-8 p.m.; program begins, 8 p.m. Tickets $75 each; $600 table of eight. 637-7696, ext. 104.
DERBY FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S YOUTH FORUM
May 3. 10 a.m. The Gardens of Louisville. Produced in cooperation with 100 Black Men of Louisville. 291-0485.
DERBY FESTIVAL CELEBRITY LUNCHEON
May 3. 11:30 a.m. Churchill Downs, Sixth Floor. Tickets $81, limited availability. Sponsored by Midwestern Insurance Alliance, Inc./Preferred Health Plan, Inc.
DERBY FESTIVAL SMA SPRING DAY AT THE RACES
May 3. 11:30 a.m. Churchill Downs, Fourth Floor. 459-1538.
REPUBLIC BANK DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PARADE
May 3. 5 p.m. Colorful floats, marching bands, giant inflatables and equestrians move west on Broadway from Campbell Street to Ninth Street. Bleacher tickets, $9; chair seating, $11; review stand seating $26. Live broadcast on WAVE 3 TV. Sponsored by Republic Bank & Trust Company.
DERBY FESTIVAL 100 BLACK MEN OF LOUISVILLE DERBY GALA
May 3. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. Grand Ballroom, Galt House East. Tickets $150. Produced by 100 Black Men of Louisville. 291-0485.
133rd Running of the Kentucky Derby
May 5. For Derby information contact Churchill Downs (502) 636-4400.
DERBY FESTIVAL LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE GUILD MOONLIGHT CRUISE
May 5. Belle of Louisville. Boarding, 9 p.m.; cruise, 9:30 p.m. Tickets $30. Contributing sponsor: MAGIC 101.3. Coordinated by the Louisville Urban League Guild. 561-6830, ext. 111.
DERBY FESTIVAL PEGASUS PIN SPONSORSHIP GRAND PRIZE DRAWINGS
May 10-18. Grand prizes will be drawn on successive 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. WAVE 3 TV newscast (excluding May 12 and May 13).