Getting ready for Breeders’ Cup

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington is getting ready for Breeders’ Cup at the end of the month. The city is planning a week of festivities for everyone to enjoy.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held October 30 and 31 at Keeneland. Festivities around town will be October 24-31.

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Mayor Jim Gray says the economic impact of Breeders’ Cup is estimated at $65 million. The city expects 24,000-40,000 people in the city each day for the festivities.

The Breeders’ Cup Festival will be mostly on or near Short Street downtown. It will include music, art exhibits and races on a jumbo screen at the Fifth Third Pavilion in Cheapside. More information on festival activities can be found at www.breederscupfestival.com.

The annual Thriller Parade through downtown will kick off the Breeders’ Cup Festival. The parade starts at eight o’clock, the evening of October 25.

“We have a very loyal fan base among locals for this event and we’re looking to share this wonderful experience and phenomenon with race visitors and people coming from out of town,” said Amber Luallen, parade organizer.

The city has also spent time and money beautifying Lexington. Thousands of trees, flowers, bushes and grasses have been planted in key areas to welcome visitors to the Breeders’ Cup according to the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

Volunteers are needed for a final downtown “tidy-up” on Monday, October 26.
– From 9 a.m.-noon, America in Bloom and Parks and Recreation will spruce up the flower beds on Short Street.
– From 1-4 p.m., volunteers will clean up Thoroughbred Park to Triangle Park. Meet at Phoenix Park of the Kentucky Theatre.

Watch the video to see how one man is already doing his part to get some of the statues downtown ready for visitors.