Derby Festival starts with a bang

| April 20, 2011
Thunder Over Louisville

photo by Jacob Zimmer

What better way to kick off the Derby Festival than with the nation’s largest fireworks show? The air show is one of the tops in the county too! What started as a so-so fireworks display has become the pinnacle of pyrotechnics.

Thunder Over Louisville continues to bring hundreds of thousands of people downtown. Just about anything from hotdogs, cotton candy, hats and shirts can be purchased from local vendors. Hotels are booked, and finding a parking space is almost as exciting as hitting the pick six.

From the moment the last firework has been shot until May 7, when the last thoroughbred gallops pass the finish line, it’s to our advantage to be in the best shape possible to keep up the rapid pace ahead.

Our city prides itself with making sure that the thousands who travel from every corner of the country will make the first Saturday in May a continued tradition. With so many events, galas and parties on the calendar, the toughest choices we’ll have to make are which ones to attend.

For the first time, Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet will open April 30 with night racing. If you haven’t had the opportunity to witness the horses racing under the lights, it’s a must attend! Opening Night will stay true to the same stylish elements and music as in prior night racing events. The suggested attire for the evening is cocktail chic, and don’t forget your headwear.

While attending the Derby festivities, don’t forget to make note of those who ought to be nominated for this year’s Best Dressed of Louisville Presented by Churchill Downs. This is the time of year when the rest of the world turns to Louisville for fashion advice.

Starting April 28, you may begin nominating your Best Dressed women, men and couples on our Best Dressed 2011 page.

As always, the underlining reason that we dedicate endless hours to this event is our benefiting charity, Dress for Success. Helping those in need and giving back to our community is something The Voice-Tribune is passionate about.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair
lkommor@voice-tribune.com
502.897.8900

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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