LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2013) — U.S. Bank has renewed its title sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great BalloonFest, multiple hot-air balloon events over a three-day period. U.S. Bank has been sponsor of the Great BalloonFest since 2003 and will continue as title sponsor through the 2015 Derby Festival. The 2013 U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest will take place April 25-27, weather permitting.
“The U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest is a fun way for thousands of people to celebrate what is already a festive season here in Louisville,” said David Wombwell, U.S. Bank’s Louisville market president.
The event is one of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest and most unique events, said Mike Berry, Derby Festival President and CEO. The first Great Balloon Race was conducted in 1973.
The Kentucky Derby Festival’s balloon events are considered among the best in the country by pilots from all around the world. U.S. Bank BalloonFest attractions are annually among the most popular family-friendly events on the Derby Festival schedule.
The Kentucky Derby Festival has worked since 1956 to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 375 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.