Celebration is May 4 from 9a.m. – 1 p.m. in downtown Frankfort

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today encouraged Kentuckians to attend the 77th annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in historic downtown Frankfort. The event will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern time and is free and open to the public.

“Jane and I are thrilled to host visitors once again to our historic capital city for this family-friendly Derby Celebration,” Gov. Beshear said. “Downtown Frankfort has a unique blend of notable landmarks, distinctive shops, and quality restaurants that makes it the perfect backdrop for this time-honored celebration.”

“Across the world, Kentucky is known for our signature Derby festivities and our time-honored display of hospitality,” said First Lady Jane Beshear. “As horse lovers, Steve and I especially look forward to helping host another unforgettable event and to welcoming guests from both near and far to our historic capitol city.”


Visitors can expect the traditional fare of past Derby Celebrations such as a farmer’s market, a variety of arts and crafts, specialty vendors, children’s activities, Kentucky Horse Park trolley rides and live music on the Jim Beam Entertainment Stage.

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 Old Governor’s Mansion, which are all located downtown.

A featured attraction at this year’s celebration is the second annual Derby Dash. Sponsored by the Frankfort YMCA, the event includes several races for children ages 2-12. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.frankfortymca.org/Programs/SpecialEvents/DerbyDash.aspx.

A complete schedule of the day’s events is available at http://governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration/Pages/activities.aspx.


Early this month, Gov. Beshear unveiled the 2013 Governor’s Commemorative Derby Poster featuring Smarty Jones. The $15 poster will be available for purchase at the Derby Celebration and is currently available for purchase online by clicking here.


Parking for the event will be available off-street and in several open lots located in downtown Frankfort. More information on the event is available at http://governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DerbyCelebration.




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