Signs of Derby Season
Derby Festival princesses
to preside over many events
One will be selected randomly to serve
as Derby Festival Queen
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 2017) – A sign of spring in Kentuckiana, new Derby Festival Royalty was announced on Jan. 9 in Louisville, Ky. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the festival. Fillies President Kathy Bingham joined KDF President and CEO Mike Berry, as well as 2017 Derby Festival Chair Lisa Stevenson, in crowning the newly appointed court. They are:
Photos courtesy of Marvin Young
The 2017 Kentucky Derby princesses are (from left) Daphne Woolridge, Sidney Cobb, Taylor Young, Kailee Barnes, and Natalie Brown. The winner of the Derby Queen will be selected in a random drawing at the Fillies Ball, set for April 8 at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky.
• Kailee Barnes of Louisville, Ky. The 19-year-old is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in Human Health Sciences as a Pre-Med student. She is a Presidential Scholar, on the Dean’s List and is the Sisterhood Chair of Kappa Delta –Epsilon Omega Chapter.
• Natalie Brown of Crestwood, Ky. The 21-year-old is a senior at the University of Louisville majoring in Communications. She is a Trustees Scholar, Honors Scholar, on the Student Orientation Staff and serves as a Cardinal Ambassador. Natalie plays host to a Student News Show at U of L.
• Sidney Cobb of Frankfort, Ky. The 20-year-old is sophomore at the University of Louisville. A Pre-Law student, she is majoring in political science and history. She is a National Merit Scholar, a McConnell Scholar, on the Dean’s List, and is a Heather French Henry Quality of Life Winner.
• Daphne Woolridge of Louisville, Ky. The 18-year-old is a freshman at the University of Louisville majoring in Secondary Education English with a minor in Pan-African Studies. She is a Porter Scholar, Whitney M. Young Scholar, on the Dean’s List and received more than $1 million in awards and scholarships upon graduating from Louisville’s Male High School.
• Taylor Marchelle Young of Louisville, Ky. The 20-year-old is a junior at the University of Louisville majoring in Secondary Education. She is a Woodford R. Porter Scholar, on the Dean’s List, part of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Program, and serves as an Event Coordinator for the Society of Porter Scholars.
These five young ladies will act as ambassadors for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival, attending nearly 70 events over a two-week period. They were selected Jan. 7, after attending final judging with 24 other finalist candidates. There were more than 130 original applicants for the Royal Court Program, representing 24 different colleges and universities. All the applicants went through preliminary judging in November.
One of the five will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 8 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Each woman will receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 from the Fillies and $1,000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation).
Candidates for the Princess Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and are selected by a panel of three 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 Gov. Martha Layne Collins and the late Gail Gorski, the first female pilot ever hired by United Airlines.
Kentucky Derby Festival Calendar of Events
From the Kentucky Derby Festival
The Board of Directors and staff, the 4,000 volunteers and more than 400 sponsors welcome you to one of America’s greatest community celebrations – the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming major events. For more information and full events listing, visit: www.kdf.org.
Saturday, April 8:
• The Fillies’ Derby Ball. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 7:15 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Featuring the Derby Festival Queen Coronation at 7:30 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. Dancing from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Dance entertainment by The Sensations. Tickets $175 each or a VIP table of 10 is $2,500. Includes appetizers, dinner and dancing. Produced by The Fillies Inc. For tickets call (502) 572-3856.
Friday, April 15:
• Basketball Classic Presented by Papa Johns. 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall. Tickets $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets on sale at all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000 or the Freedom Hall box office at (502) 367-5144.
Thursday, April 20 - Sun., April 30:
• $1 Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Contest. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Semifinals at 6 p.m. on April 30, with finals at 6 p.m. at Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. $1 per shot and free for spectators. April 23 is Kids’ Day for under 18 competitors. 2 shots for $1. Grand prize is $1 million.
Friday, April 22:
• “They’re Off! Luncheon.” 11:30 a.m. at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $680 for a table of eight or $85 each. This year’s speaker had not yet been announced at press time.
Saturday, April 22:
• Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville. FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11 a.m. Air show at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Along the downtown Louisville riverfront, Waterfront Park, River Road and southern Indiana shoreline. Theme: Local & Original soundtrack featuring local and Kentucky musicians. Visit: www.ThunderOverLouisville.org. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park, and the East River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin. (Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. No food, drink, tents, stakes, tape or pets.) Meijer Family Fun Zone on the Belvedere. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin (Open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.). North Great Lawn area opens at 9 a.m. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin. (No tents, stakes, tape or pets.)
Tuesday, April 25:
• “Taste of Derby Festival.” 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field. Tickets $80 until April 16; then $90 (limited availability). Coordinated by Dare to Care Food Bank. All proceeds to benefit Dare to Care. Features exquisite fare from more than 65 of Louisville’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, bloody mary contest, wine tasting and a silent auction.
Thursday, April 27 – Friday, May 5:
• Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront. Open from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon - 11 p.m. Sunday at the Louisville Waterfront Park. Featuring free music concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 p.m. with $2 beers. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin. (Food, drink and pets are not permitted). Chow Wagon open daily from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., except Sunday noon - 11 p.m. Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage. Free admission with a Pegasus Pin.
Thursday April 27 – Saturday, April 29:
• April 27: Great Balloon Charity Race. 7 a.m. launch at Bowman Field. Great Balloon Glimmer. 8:30 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.
• April 28: Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race. 7 a.m. launch for race at Bowman Field. Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road. Great Balloon Glow at 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Gates open at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $8 KEC parking fee.
• April 29: Great Balloon Race. 7 a.m. launch at Bowman Field. Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road.
• “Daya” at Waterfront Jam. 9 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.
Saturday, April 29:
• Marathon and Mini-Marathon. 7:30 a.m. at Main Street near Slugger Field. Start via 13.1-mile route or 26.2-mile route to Preston & Witherspoon Streets finish. Free for spectators. Entry fees and registration information located at www.DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.
• Hunter Hayes with Carly Pearce at Waterfront Jam. 8 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.
Sunday, April 30:
• Tour de Lou Cycling Event. Staggered start based on distance: 62.1 Metric Century – 8:30 a.m.; 35-mile ride - 8:45 a.m.; 20-mile ride – 9 a.m. Cycling event for all ages and levels of experience, with start and finish near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park. 20-mile ride for intermediate riders and 35-mile ride for experienced cyclists. Entry fees and registration info at www.kdf.org.
• Mayor’s Brunch on the River. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. A festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast, live riverboat jazz, and tours of the property including the Moremen Family Chapel. Tickets $80 or $600 for table of eight. For tickets or information call (502) 935-6809 or www.riverside-landing.org.
Monday, May 1:
• Great Bed Races. 4 p.m. tailgating, 6 p.m. Parade of Beds, 7 p.m. racing. At Broadbent Arena. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin. $8 KEC parking. Entry fee $130 for a team of five.
• Derby Festival Happytail Hour. 5-9 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin. A pet-friendly (leashes please!) social event featuring entertainment by The Pass.
Tuesday, May 2
• Sugarhhill Gang with Grandmaster Dee featuring Kurtis Blow at Waterfront Jam.
8 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 2-3:
• Derby Winefest. Wine tasting sessions daily from 5-9 p.m. on the Belvedere. Tickets: $45, $10 for designated driver, $85 VIP pass. (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.) Tickets available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at www.kdf.org.
Wednesday, May 3:
• Great Steamboat Race. 4:30-5:30 p.m. boarding. 5:45 p.m. departure. Race begins at 6 p.m. Awards presentation immediately following at the Chow Wagon in Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Tickets on the Belle of Louisville $130 (limited availability). Tickets on the Belle of Cincinnati $60 Cruise Only; $85 dinner, Four Roses Bourbon Tasting and Cruise. For tickets call (502) 584-FEST. Free spectator viewing at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville and along the banks of the Ohio River.
• BeerFest. 6-10 p.m. Beer tasting sessions featuring regional craft beers. Overlook at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Tickets $45 advance, $55 at the gate. $10 for designated driver. $75 for VIP experience starting at 5 p.m. Tickets include beer tastings, sampling mug and BeerFest pin. Tickets available by calling (502) 584-FEST or online at www.kdf.org. (21 and over only. Must present ID upon entry.)
• Drive-By Truckers with Frederick the Younger at Waterfront Jam. 8 p.m. at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free with a Pegasus Pin.
Thursday, May 4:
• Pegasus Parade. 5 p.m. on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street. Grand Marshal: TBA. Bleacher tickets $10; chair seating $12; VIP seating $30. This annual spectacle of colorful floats, marching bands and inflatables is broadcast live on WAVE 3 TV.
• Jimmy Eat World at Waterfront Jam. 9 p.m. on the Great Stage at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Admission is free with a Pegasus pin.
Friday, May 5:
• Derby Eve Concert at Waterfront Jam. 9 p.m. on the Great Stage at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. Admission is free with a Pegasus pin.
Saturday, May 7:
• 142nd Running of the Kentucky Derby. For Derby information contact Churchill Downs (502) 636-4400 or visit: www.ChurchillDowns.com.
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