Up, Up, And Away As Great Balloon Race Sets Off Derby Week
Today, the last Sunday in April, 30 hot air balloons lifted off into the sky from Bowman's Field as part of the Great Balloon Race, the first event in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The winners of the race are determined by which crew member throws a bag of Kentucky bluegrass closest to a big white X on the ground, but the crowd-pleasing event is a great way to promote Louisville and community fun.
Many families start off the day at the race and then continue on to the ongoing Kroger's Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront, a series of events involving music, food, and the outdoors that will run through May 2.
What's On Tap For Today?
Highlights for Sunday include:
- Mayor’s Derby Brunch on the River - festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast, live riverboat jazz, horse-drawn carriage rides and tours of the Farnsley-Moremen property
- Tour de Lou - the first bike event ever held as part of Derby week
- miniFun Run presented by HumanaVitality and Subway Restaurants - a 50 meter to one mile race for kids from 3 to 14 that mirrors the Marathon/ mini M's arathon for adults
- GospelFest - a full day of gospel music performances featuring top acts and the debut of the 2014 GospelFest Super Choir, composed of area singers and musicians
- Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert, performing for the sixth straight year
- Stock Yard’s Bank $1 Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf ContestSM Semi Finals, a contest open to anyone from beginners to scratch golfers that can yield a $1 million prize
- Celebration Sunday with WJIE featuring Audio Adrenaline with Kutless, Finding Favour, Shine Bright Baby and Carrollton
Throughout the week leading up to the Derby, there will be events to involve all Louisville in the process. For a full list of events, click here.
How Will You Spend Derby Day?
Going to the Derby itself can be a very costly undertaking, so many Louisville natives choose to enjoy the months leading up to the race, participate in Derby week, and buy Kentucky Derby merchandise and/or Derby foods at Fest-A-Ville, Many of the pre-Derby events are free once you have purchased and registered a Pegasus Pin, while other events are fundraisers for Louisville nonprofits that depend on the proceeds from this week to fund their annual budget. They then watch the race on TV and host or attend a Derby party.
Distinctly Louisville Derby-related events make living in Louisville quite a thrill. There is always plenty to do here, as I can personally attest as a lifelong Louisville resident and now a Realtor ®, I'm anxious to help you settle here. Just call me Jessica Gaines Jarboe at Louisville Gaines Real Estate today to discuss buying or selling your home.
Still planning on going to the Derby? Check our next blog for tips to make your enjoyable and trouble-free.