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Celebrate Kentucky Derby Saturday in Frankfort before the big race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2013)Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear today encouraged Kentuckians to attend the 77th annual Governor’s Kentucky Derby Celebration in historic downtown Frankfort. The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Kentucky-Derby-Hats-10“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.”

Attractions and entertainment

Visitors can expect the traditional fare of past Kentucky 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, click here.

A complete schedule of the day’s events is available here.

Post time for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is at 6:24 p.m. Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville.