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January 11th, 2010

Source:  KDF Press Office (January 8th)

One of the Kentucky Derby Festival's oldest and most cherished traditions - the announcement of the Royal Court - will be made TUESDAY, Jan. 12. The five young women selected as members of the Royal Court will act as ambassadors for the 2010 Derby Festival, attending nearly 70 events over a two-week period.

The 2010 Court - chosen from more than 85 applicants - will represent the Derby Festival and the city of Louisville as official ambassadors for the springtime tradition of the Kentucky Derby Festival. They will attend nearly every official Derby Festival event beginning with the Your Community Bank Derby Festival Poster Premiere on January 28 to their appearance in the Republic Bank Derby Festival Pegasus Parade on April 29.  In addition, they will attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, as well as make visits to schools to discuss the importance of volunteerism.

One of the five women will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 16, at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom by a spin-of-the-wheel. Each woman will receive a $2000 scholarship ($1000 from the Fillies and $1000 from the Derby Festival Foundation).

The Derby Festival's Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Fillies President Merilyn Coslow will join 2010 Derby Festival Chair Leslie Broecker in crowning the newly appointed court.

Candidates for the Royal Court Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and are selected by a panel of four out-of-state judges. Criteria for selection includes knowledge of the Derby Festival, poise, intelligence, personality and campus and community involvement. The first Derby Festival Princess was crowned in 1957, the second year of the Festival. Previous Princesses have included former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins and Gail Gorski, the first female pilot ever hired by United Airlines.



Source: KDF Press Office (January 5th)

The Kentucky Derby Festival is pleased to announce some exciting new changes to the race route of the 2010 Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon, presented by Walmart. The races, which will begin simultaneously at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, will now start near Iroquois Manor Shopping Center and will finish at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville, a 500,000-square-foot entertainment venue located within Waterfront Park. The Marathon course will also include a slightly longer loop in Jeffersonville, Ind., with competitors running alongside the Ohio River.

"We're very excited about the new race course, especially the finish line location," said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. "The start line should flow more smoothly and the finish will be much more welcoming for both runners and spectators. The overall experience for runners at all levels of competition will be greatly enhanced with the changes that we are unveiling today."

Combined entries for both the Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon were capped at 12,000 runners for the past two years. In 2010, the number of registrants will cap at 15,000, setting the stage for the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky history. Berry said the expanded race field is part of the overall growth of the races in recent years, which in 2009 attracted runners from all 50 states and 13 foreign countries.

"Our goal is to be one of the premier springtime races in the United States," said Berry. "We've gotten tremendous feedback from both local and out-of-state runners and we want to build on that momentum. The support of sponsors such as Walmart allows us to add new components to the races that bring it to a world-class level."

Berry said the new start location will eliminate any congestion among elite runners exiting Iroquois Park and slower runners and walkers.

"The runners won't be 'doubling back' on each other leaving the park as they have in the past," he said. "We definitely wanted to keep the start in the south end of the city because of the tremendous fan support those neighborhoods have offered for more than 35 years. The finish at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville will feature a more comfortable and scenic reunite area for runners and their loved ones. There will be food and other concessions available starting at 8 a.m., followed by a concert at the site later that day."

Registration for the 2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon, presented by Walmart, is now open online at www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com. Entry fees are $50 for the mini and $65 for the Marathon if registered by Jan. 31. All runners will receive Asics 'technical' t-shirts at packet pickup, which will be held April 22-23 at the Kentucky International Convention Center. In addition, runners will receive a limited edition race poster, complimentary admission to the Derby Festival's entertainment venue, Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, and free admission for two to Churchill Downs on April 24 or 25.

Walmart is presenting sponsor of the Marathon and miniMarathon.  Contributing sponsors are Bluegrass Family Health, Churchill Downs, Courier-Journal Media, Powerade and Subway Restaurants of Kentuckiana. Supporting sponsors are Jewish Sports Medicine, the Louisville Water Company and UPS.

December 27th, 2009

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS -- JANUARY 2010


30th Annual Your Community Bank Poster Premiere: January 28th at 5:30 p.m.


Come join the Festival for the new Derby Festival poster for 2010.  This event will be held at The Henry Clay.

Tickets: $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  Please call 502-584-6383 for tickets and more information. 

Sponsored by Your Community Bank with contributing sponsors AT&T Real Yellow Pages, BKD LLP, Greater Louisville Inc., Cardinal Printing and media sponsor New Country Q103.1.


Student Art Contest & Awards: January 28th at 7 p.m.

KDF will honor winning students of the Derby Festival Student Art Contest, where they are asked to draw pictures of Derby Festival events.  This event will also be held at The Henry Clay in the Bunberry Theatre.

Tickets: This event is open to teachers, parents and students only.

Sponsored by Passport Health Plan.


Student Art Display: March 22nd-April 26th

After the awards, the winning students' artwork will be on display at the Mellwood Arts Center for a month.  Please note that the art will be not be going on display until March this year instead of January.

Tickets: free and open to the public

Sponsored by Passport Health Plan.


Check back in March and April for more events.  The theme for the Derby Festival should be announced in late January/early February and that information will be posted in a few weeks.  Happy New Year!

January 19th, 2009

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS -- JANUARY 2009


29th Annual Your Community Bank Poster Premiere: January 22nd at 5:30 p.m.


Come join the Festival for the new Derby Festival poster for 2009.  This event will be held at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center.

Tickets: $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  Please call 502-584-6383 for tickets and more information.  Online sales for this event are now closed.

Sponsored by Your Community Bank with contributing sponsors Amerigo, AT&T Real Yellow Pages, BKD LLP, Greater Louisville Inc., Cardinal Printing and media sponsor New Country 103.1.


Student Art Contest & Awards: January 22nd at 7 p.m.

KDF will honor winning students of the Derby Festival Student Art Contest, where students are asked to draw pictures of Derby Festival events.  This event will also be held at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center.

Tickets: This event is open to teachers, parents and students only.

Sponsored by Passport Health Plan.


Student Art Display: January 23rd - April 1st

After the awards, the winning students' artwork will be on display at the Mellwood Arts Center for about two months.

Tickets: free and open to the public

Sponsored by Passport Health Plan.



There will be more news about the new theme of the Festival coming soon.  Check back often!

January 6th, 2009

First Thunder news of 2009:

WHAS 11 will be providing the all-day television coverage of Thunder Over Louisville in 2009.  

The list of remaining media networks covering the show for the next two years are as follows:

WAVE 3 -- 2010

WLKY 32 -- 2011


January 6th, 2020

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Welcome one and all to the "unofficial" Thunder Over Louisville community on Livejournal!  This year's Thunder Over Louisville will take place on April 18th, 2009 -- the theme is to be determined and will be posted soon.

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