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The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby is staged at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. If you can’t see it in person, there still are plenty of ways to enjoy the revelry of this time-honored Southern tradition.

Ellis Park Derby Party
8 a.m. May 6
Ellis Park Racing, 3399 U.S. Highway 41, Henderson, Kentucky
Spend the day at Ellis Park — which was acquired by Churchill Downs in 2022 — for the big day by reserving a table. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed guests.

Beer and Wine Festival
2-9 p.m. May 6
Old Lock & Dam Park, 525 State Road, Newburgh, Indiana
Sip local beer and wines during a live, big screen viewing of the Derby on the riverfront. Proceeds go to Historic Newburgh to aid its preservation, economic vitality, and sustainability efforts in Downtown Newburgh. General admission is $25.

Kentucky Derby Party
3-8 p.m. May 6
Myriad Newburgh, 8245 High Pointe Drive, Newburgh, Indiana
Dress your best — and maybe win a prize! — while TVs stream the Derby live. Pappa Bear’s Catering will serve race day-inspired food.

7 Mile Lounge Derby Soiree
4-8 p.m. May 6
7 Mile Lounge, 915 Main St.
Watch the Derby in style with hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, live music, and prizes, plus a competition for best dressed and hat competitions. Admission is $35 for a single ticket and $60 for a couple and a portion of all proceeds go to the Evansville African American Museum.

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
4:30-6:30 p.m. May 6
Henderson County Public Library, 101 S. Main St., Henderson, Kentucky
Dust off your favorite brimmed hat and cheer on your favorite horse at this themed party.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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