New Scoring System for Steamboat Race; Fields Full for Derby Festival Marathons

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race is undergoing some changes this year. Festival spokesman Mark Shallcross says three vessels will compete for the Golden Antlers on May 2– the Belle of Louisville, the Belle of Cincinnati and the American Queen (pictured). “(The American Queen) is starting its maiden voyage upriver and will be stopping […]

Registrations Filling for Kentucky Derby Festival Marathons

The Kentucky Derby Festival has raised the registration cap for its mini and full marathons in April, but officials say the spots are still filling quickly. Spokesman Mark Shallcross says 18,000 runners will be permitted in this year’s competitions, with most of them taking part in the mini-marathon. “We’ve gone to 15,000 the last three […]

Great Steamboat Race Is Today

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race will be held this afternoon on the Ohio River, about two months later than originally scheduled. The Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will race beginning at 6:00pm EDT. The race was originally scheduled for May 4 but was postponed due to high water on the […]

Derby Festival Counting on Good Weather, Crowds This Weekend

Officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival say clear skies Firday and Saturday should help make up for several says of rain and floods. High waters have already forced relocations for several festival events. Spokesperson Mark Shallcross says fortunately, the Ohio River is receding now, as the busiest week of the festival begins. “The weather’s not […]

Ackerson Hopes To Keep Waterfront Park Lawn Free For Thunder Visitors

Festival president Mike Berry told a Metro Council committee Tuesday the change will stop early visitors from staking large claims in the lawn and blocking others from getting the best views. The sales of the pins will offset the cost of guarding the area. Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson says it’s unfair to charge people to visit the park, and he told Berry he wants to find a way around the fee.

Ackerson Has Nine Questions For Derby Festival Officials

Derby Festival officials will appear before the Metro Council’s Parks, Libraries, Zoo and Cultural Assets Committee Tuesday at 5:00 to discuss changes to the seating rules for Thunder Over Louisville. Councilman Brent Ackerson has released nine questions he wants them to answer. WFPL will have a summary of the hearing shortly after it happens.

15,000 To Run In KDF Races

The Kentucky Derby Festival moves into high gear this weekend with the annual Marathon and Mini-Marathon. Spokesperson Mark Shallcross says a record 15,000 runners are signed up for the races, which begin at 7:30am Saturday. “The course has changed somewhat. The start has moved to Iroquios Manor Shopping Center, its a wider area, and the […]