DERBY TIME IN KENTUCKY is truly one of the most exciting, colorful, and special times of the year. Since 1936, there have been gatherings, both large and small, in the Capital City to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.
The 2013 Derby Celebration showcased the beautiful downtown of our Capital City with new and traditional festivities for which the Governor’s Derby Celebration is known, offering plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children’s activities, and food to suit all tastes. The YMCA Derby Dash on Broadway, and the stick horse races on the Old State Capitol lawn have become annual events which children love to race in. Several downtown restaurants open and offer special Derby morning fare.
A free concert featuring bands from across the Commonwealth headlines the entertainment on the Jim Beam Brands Stage directly in front of the Old State Capitol. And the crowd-pleasing tradition of having Kentucky craftsmen exhibiting and selling their work at the continues year to year. The Capital City Museum, located on Ann Street, regularly hosts a special guest – a retired thoroughbred racehorse from Old Friends horse retirement farm in Georgetown.
We hope you and your family will make plans to attend this exciting event, always on the morning of the first Saturday in May, in beautiful downtown Frankfort. Bring your family and invite your friends. This event is open to everyone!