LOUISVILLE (April 25, 2013) – Opening today, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront and Chow Wagon venues will offer entertainment and activities for patrons of all ages. Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon will be open for a nine-day run ending Derby Eve, Friday, May 3. Fest-a-Ville is sponsored by Kroger, along with contributing sponsor Miller Lite. Fest-a-Ville and Chow Wagon hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is a 2013 Pegasus Pin.
Fest-a-Ville and Chow Wagon attractions include:
• Kentucky Derby Festival events such as U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glimmer, HappyTail Hour and Battle of the Bounce.
• New events include: U.S. Bank Balloon Crew Challenge, April 25 at 5 p.m,, Frat Friday Movie Night Featuring “Old School” on a giant screen on April 26, the miniFun Run presented by Subway Restaurants on Sunday, April 28, and BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank on Wednesday, May 1.
• New this year, “Happy Hour,” will be weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and feature $2 Beers
• At Pegasus Play-a-ville, daily children’s activities include a kids’ playground with rock-climbing wall, inflatable games and midway rides
• The Zumba® Fitness Party on Friday, April 26, an exercise activity choreographed to Latin and international rhythms.
• ACO DerbyHole Classic on Saturday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. is an ACO World Championship Qualifier with a $20 per team entry fee and 40 teams maximum
• Heyman Talent Model Search on April 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Helicopter rides will be available from Friday through Friday for $40.
• GospelFest, featuring a gospel choir showcase, is on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 2 p.m.
• Awards ceremony for the Great Steamboat Race on the Chow Wagon Stage on Wednesday, May 1.
• National concerts on the Great Stage: Saturday, April 27 – Uncle Kracker; Sunday, April 28 – Building 429 with Rhett Walker and Finding Favour; Tuesday, April 30 – Cameo; Wednesday, May 1 – The Features with special guest Discount Guns; Thursday, May 2 – The Wallflowers; Friday, May 3 – Kix Brooks with special guest Greg Bates.
The Chow Wagon will feature the Blue Moon Tap Room and Miller Lite Talent Stage.
Military personnel with valid I.D. receive free admission to the venue for the Derby Eve Jam and other attractions.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked 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. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.