The Kentucky Derby Museum is proud to kick off Derby week with our 4th annual Fan Fest, a celebration of the past, present and future of the Thoroughbred racing industry that includes tons of activities for the whole family.
This year’s theme is the Triple Crown. We’ll be honoring our 13th and most recent Triple Crown champion, Justify, with a panel discussion featuring jockey Mike Smith, trainer Bob Baffert, WinStar Farm, and others. Following the panel discussion, Mike Smith will be presented with his Triple Crown ring from Darren K Moore Jewelry.
Justify will also be the focus of a new Derby Museum exhibit, opening just in time for Fan Fest, celebrating his Triple Crown win. In addition to Justify, we’ll be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1st Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton, with a book signing by Jennifer Kelly, author of “Sir Barton and the Making of the Triple Crown.”
Bourbon lovers won’t be left out, either. There will be a Maker’s Mark Private Selection bottle available for purchase. This limited-edition “Cheers to 100 Years” bottle will pay tribute to the 100 years of the Triple Crown. Stay tuned for information on bottle pre-sale or follow us on Facebook for up-to-date info on release; the bottle will also be sold the day of event while supplies last. All “Cheers to 100 Years” purchasers will have the opportunity to attend a bottle-signing immediately following the Triple Crown panel discussion.
For kids, our Junior Jockey Zone will be back this year from 10AM – 2PM and even better than ever! We’ll have horse-themed painting stations, horseshoe decorating, face painting, a caricature artist, kid-friendly education on Thoroughbred care, a reading of “Milly the Filly” by author Nancy Pruitt, and so much more!
A special buffet lunch will be available in the Derby Cafe Express with selections to please the whole family.
Your regular Museum admission ticket is all you need to join in on the fun. Purchase your tickets ahead of time at the ticketing link below, or buy at the door.
Learn more about the schedule and activities at https://bit.ly/2CufsyC.
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