Kentucky Derby Festival starts tomorrow at home! If you don’t know what this means, well it is 2 weeks before the Kentucky Derby and we celebrate every minute of it!
This time of year is one of the times, that I tend to miss home more than others! Growing up as kids in Kentuckiana made the festival so much fun!
The 3rd Saturday in April rain or shine, the festival starts with an AirShow and Fireworks. Many years as teenagers my parents, with my sister and I, and our friends, would brave the millions of people at Thunder over Louisville trying to find the best spot on the great lawn for viewing the air show and fireworks all day.
The 4th Saturday in April, I can remember many mornings that my parents woke my sister and I up at 5:30, 6 am to go to to the Hot Air Balloon Race. When they would pack us in the car, eat krispy kreme doughnuts, and follow the balloons from the Bowman Field to the “X” to see who would get closest throwing the seed bag.
Then the first saturday in May my grandparents would arrive for the races. Mom and dad would head to the track on friday (we had off school) for Oaks Day. Then saturday (Derby Day), mom and dad would ride their bikes to the track to watch the celebrities roll in. Grandma, my sister, and I were in charge of getting Grandpa to the track for the long day of racing! These memories are just a piece of my childhood growing up in Louisville, KY/ Southern Indiana. That I hope to introduce to the new baby in the family soon!
Just recently while cleaning out a box and looking for something I found all my Pegasus Pins that the Easter bunny would leave in our baskets each year. Every year hoping we would receive the Gold pin (that meant prizes). You need the pins for entry into different things during the festival! Some of the events included the chow wagon, balloon race, parade balloon viewing! Most of us probably just bought to collect over the years!
Here are the ones I found! I think the oldest is 1985!
above image: my pin collection
below image: 2016 pin image from the Kentucky Derby Festival page
Hope you enjoy the Kentucky Derby Festival if you live in the Louisville, KY area!