Volunteer Effort Scheduled for The Kentucky Derby Festival

Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday that The Kentucky Derby Festival will add another week to its schedule. It’s called Give a Day and for one week before Thunder Over Louisville it asks individuals, businesses and non-profits to volunteer their service throughout the week. “When I talk to people about this they all say what […]

With River Rising, Metro Parks Makes “Thunder” Adjustments

In response to flooding along the Ohio River, Louisville Metro Parks officials have announced some adjustments to parking and other rules for Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville. Cox Park will be closed to vehicular traffic due to flooding. Thunder patrons can park at nearby Thurman Hutchins Park and walk to nearby points to view the aircraft […]

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.

Amid Complaints Over Thunder Seating, Derby Festival Director To Speak With Metro Council Committee

Derby Festival executive director Mike Berry will talk with members of the Metro Council Tuesday.

Berry is scheduled to address the Parks, Libraries, Zoo and Cultural Assets Committee about the festival. His appearance coincides with rising complaints about a change to Thunder Over Louisville seating arrangements.

Ackerson Considering Taking Up Thunder Seating Change In Council

Last week, it was announced that a northern section of the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park would not be first-come first-served for the fireworks show. Visitors will need a $4 or $5 Pegasus Pin to enter the area. Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson says that’s unfair.

"Thunder" Kicks Off Kentucky Derby Festival

By Rick Howlett An estimated 700,000 people lined the banks of the Ohio River Saturday night for the annual Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show.              The fireworks display, touted as one of the largest in the world, was delayed nearly 20 minutes by a computer malfunction, but went off without any problems once the […]