Governor Announces Derby Celebration

Governor Announces Derby Celebration

Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear have announced that the 76th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration.
Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear have announced that the 76th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration will be held in downtown Frankfort for the second year in a row. 

This year’s celebration will be held on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern time and is free and open to the public. 

Visitors can expect the traditional fare of past Derby Celebrations such as a farmer’s market, live entertainment, a variety of arts and crafts and children’s activities.  The Kentucky Pork Producers and the Kentucky Beef Producers will once again be preparing and selling breakfast items to the public.

Many downtown Frankfort restaurants and stores will be open with unique Derby offerings during the celebration.  Visitors will also be able to tour the Capital City Museum, the Thomas D. Clark History Center, the Old State Capitol and the recently revitalized Old Governor’s Mansion, which are all located downtown.  Additional activities and details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

In light of the recent storm and tornado devastation in Kentucky, the Franklin County Chapter of the American Red Cross will be involved in the downtown Derby event this year.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about how the Red Cross helps in time of disaster and be able donate to the organization’s storm relief and recovery efforts.


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