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Derby Week 2024

30 April - 5 May 2024


I kicked off my Derby week events with the Kentucky Derby Festival Wine Fest on Tuesday. It was held at the Mellwood Art Center so that was a new location for me in Kentucky. Christi and her friend from Scotland, Janice went with me and we spent a lovely evening sampling Kentucky wines. The $75 ticket included a page of sample tickets and free food samples. I think I may have eaten more than I drank but I was glad for the PF Changs lettuce wrap, cookies, Nothing Bundt Cake and chicken salad chick sandwiches. We even got a few ideas about wineries that have an Air B&B or Bed and Breakfast attached. This guy and his wife was one of them and he was more than happy to take our picture. And their winery was called the Travelers Cellar :)
On Wednesday, Tori and Beth arrived to Louisville and we started their visit with some Mexican and margaritas at Fiesta Time Amigos.

On Thursday, Tori, Beth, Chris and I went to Thurby!
We scored free parking by going to the Kentucky Expo Center and taking their free shuttle to the track. We got our photo in front of Churchill Downs,
Took a peek at the newly renovated, $200 million paddock area,
Got a $25 drink and went to our seats near the finish. It was almost 90 degrees and our seats were in the sun until late afternoon. Everyone made the best of it though. The couple in our box of seats was nice and we made frequent trips to the air conditioning to cool off.
Even Chris found a way to shade his face.
By 5:00 we headed over to the VFW to get some cheap dinner while supporting Cory and then made our way back to the car.

On Friday, Tori, Beth and I went to Chicken Salad Chick that I have been dying to get to and then hit the Peddlers Mall in Middletown. I figured they would like browsing and Tori even found a hat to wear next time.
I got a beautiful table runner for derby decorating.
That night Sara joined the girls for a trip to the Derby Dinner Theater to see Footloose. We were a bit worried when the stage didn't have any props but they still did a wonderful job with the play. This time they also served candied carrots and they were honestly the best carrots I have ever had!
On Saturday it was Derby Day so we made our way to Shawn and Becky's garage for their derby party. We had fun betting, chatting and eating but around 5:00 left to come home and feed Chloe and do some more travel planning.
On Sunday the girls left and I did a bit of work for the rental. It was Cinco de Mayo so to celebrate we waited about 45 minutes for a table at Fiesta Time Amigos to get a margarita!

Posted by ErinDriver 12:58 Archived in USA

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