"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… Continue reading "Thunder" Kicks Off Kentucky Derby Festival

Signups Closed For KDF Marathon, Mini-Marathon

By Stephanie Crosby The Kentucky Derby Festival marathon and mini-marathon have more participants than ever, and registration is closed. Derby Festival Mark Shallcross says about 2,800 people will participate in the marathon and more than 13,000 will take part in the mini. He says that’s a record number of entries, and they’ve closed registration for… Continue reading Signups Closed For KDF Marathon, Mini-Marathon

KDF Officials Prepare for "Thunder Fever"

by Stephanie Crosby Kentucky Derby Festival officials announced this morning the theme for this year’s Thunder Over Louisville. Earlier this year, festival leaders announced the theme for the festival itself is “Spring Fever Reliever” and the Thunder theme plays off that medical reference. “Thunder Fever” is set this year for April 17th. UPS, Horseshoe Casino,… Continue reading KDF Officials Prepare for "Thunder Fever"

KDF Changes Marathon Route, Participation Limit

Kentucky Derby Festival officials have changed this year’s marathon and mini-marathon The marathon’s course has been changed so it no longer crosses over itself, which organizers say will clear up congestion. The course will also go through different streets in the Highlands. Festival President Mike Berry says the changes were made for runners, not neighborhood… Continue reading KDF Changes Marathon Route, Participation Limit

Pegasus Pins Are On Sale Today

The 2009 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus pins are now on sale.  Festival CEO Mike Berry says pin sales amount to about twenty-percent of the festival’s budget. Berry says sponsorship sales have been slow this year, but he’s hoping strong attendance will help make up the difference.    “There are ways to support the festival by… Continue reading Pegasus Pins Are On Sale Today

Thunder Fireworks, Airshow Budgets To Be Trimmed

Officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival have released some details about this year’s Thunder Over Louisville celebration. The official kickoff of the two-week festival draws about 750,000 people to the Ohio River banks for an airshow and fireworks display. Festival President Mike Berry says the tough economic times have forced organizers to cut the pyrotechnics… Continue reading Thunder Fireworks, Airshow Budgets To Be Trimmed