KY Derby Festival Events
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What is a Pegasus Pin? They are nifty little annual pins that you wear to gain admission to some of the events. Events will list if they require a Pegasus Pin for admission. You can find them at Kroger, that’s the easiest. They are sold individually or in family packs. Kids under the age of 6 do not need pins!
New this year: Any Pegasus Pin is your chance to win one of 8 Weekly Grand Prizes. The prizes will be given away on Fridays beginning Friday, March 14 through Friday, May 2. Pegasus Pin purchasers also have a chance to win a gold pin. The odds of finding a gold winner pin are 1 in 12, with 20,000 of these pins in circulation. In addition to the Weekly Grand Prizes, the Gold Pin Winners are eligible for a chance to win a new Honda CRV, which will be given away on Friday, May 9. Inside each pin envelope are 3 coupons with discounts from local retailers. The envelope also includes the Pegasus Pin registration card. Consumers used the unique code on the card to register their pins online at www.pegasuspins.com or through the KDF App. All pins must be registered online to be eligible for the prize drawings.
On Monday, March 3, the pins will be available at more than 1000 retail outlets and participating financial institutions. Family Fun Packs of five pins will also be available at retail locations for $20.
- Meijer Family Fun Zone at Thunder on the West Belvedere. It open 11AM
Admission is free with a 2014 Pegasus Pin. (NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.) Coolers are permitted. Food/Beer for purchase are also available in the area
Additional activities for families will be available between 3-8pmActivities include;
Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, face painting and lawn games.
Meijer’s Refuel Station – sampling snacks & cookies. Kentucky Beef Council sampling
Special Meijer Promotions throughout the day
Children’s Tea with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses – April 13th at the Crowne Plaza from 1-4pm. Tickets tend to sell out, reservations required. 502-299-0708
- U.S. Bank Great Balloon Crew Challenge April 24 5pm | 5:00 pm | Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront
- U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer
April 24 | 8:30 pm | Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront
- U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush-Hour RaceApril 25 | 7:00 am | Bowman Field
- U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon GlowApril 25 | Gates open at 6:00 pm | Kentucky Exposition Center$8 KEC parking fee
- U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon RaceApril 26 | 7:00 am | Bowman Field
miniFun Run – a new event! – Sunday April 27th at 1:00pm near Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Registration is $20 ($15 with an adult registration in the Marathon/mini Marathon). It’s for kids ages 3-14.It is a non-competitive fun run! Participants receive a runners bib, finishers medal and a 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Family miniFun Run t-shirt. You can register the day of the event starting at 10:30am
The Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert is April 27th at 4pm at the Iroquois Ampitheatre and admission is a pegasus pin. Relax with your family in this lovely setting, bring a picnic and enjoy the music.
The Pegasus Parade Preview Party – April 29th Kentucky Exposition Center South wing. Admission requires a Pegasus Pin (and don’t forget the $8 KEC parking fee) – a great way to get up close to the parade floats and get excited about the event! Click here to read our past review. Private Group Tours 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Open to the Public 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. To schedule a private group tour call 502-572-3828.
The Great Steamboat Race – April 30th – 4:30pm, race starts at 6pm. The Belle of Cincinnati and The Belle of Louisville compete on the Ohio River! You can ride the boats for a ticketed fee or you can find a spot on the river to watch the race!
Want to win 4 reserved seats to the Pegasus Parade 5/1? Simply send ONE email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “PARADE” in the subject and your mailing address in the body of the email. Do so by Sunday 4/27 at 5pm. We will randomly select a winner and mail the tickets to you on Monday! Contest is over, winner has been notified
Want to win a family fun pack of Pegasus Pins?
Simply send ONE email to email@example.com and put “FUN PACK” in the subject and your mailing address in the body of the email. Do so by Sunday 4/13 at midnight. We will randomly select a winner and mail the pins to the winners next week. 4 winners! Winners have been notified!