Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration


Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin cordially invite all Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on May 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 pm. in downtown Frankfort.

“Glenna and I are honored to welcome everyone to the 2017 Derby Celebration,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ will be the highlight of a fun-filled weekend in the Commonwealth. We are thrilled to kick-off the ‘Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’ here in the Capital City.”

The 2017 Derby Celebration will showcase Frankfort with new and traditional festivities for which the Governor’s Derby Celebration is known—offering plenty of color, excitement, entertainment, children’s activities, and food to suit all tastes.

The YMCA Derby Dash on Broadway and the stick horse races on the Old State Capitol lawn have become annual events which children love to race in. The 5th annual Pedal for the Posies adult tricycle race will also take place. Several downtown restaurants will be open and offering special Derby morning fare.

A free concert featuring bands from across the Commonwealth will headline the entertainment on the Jim Beam Brands Stage directly in front of the Old State Capitol. And the crowd-pleasing tradition of having Kentucky artists exhibiting and selling their work will continue this year.

The event is free and open to everyone. Parking is available.

Summary of Downtown Celebration events:








                  Jim Beam Stage





• YMCA Derby Dash (Ages 2-12) – race started by Gov. and Mrs. Bevin
• Pedal for the Posies (adult tricycle race)
• Old Capitol Lawn
o Stick Horse Races and Derby hat making
o Salato Center live animal exhibit
o Kentucky Art’s Council vendors
• KY Fire Commission Trailer featuring children’s activities
• KY State Police Drug Mobile
• KOHS Distracted Driving Simulator
• KY Horse Park Draft Horse photo opportunity
• Pony rides and inflatables in First Christian Parking lot
• Frankfort Mustang Club on St. Clair St.
• Cattleman’s Association food vendor
• Downtown restaurants and shops open
• Farmer’s Market open
• Old Capitol open for tour

Since 1936, Kentuckians have enjoyed the tradition of beginning their Derby Day in the Capital City.  Since 2011, the Governor’s Derby Celebration (formerly known as the Governor’s Derby Breakfast) has been held in Historic Downtown Frankfort.

The YMCA’s 2013 Derby Dash

Pedal for the Posies

The Most Ridiculous Two-Minutes in Sports

Grown Adults + Itty Bitty Bicycles = One of the funniest (and most fun) races in Kentucky!  Since 2012, adult cyclists in silly costumes representing local businesses and organizations have been vying for the treasured Pedal for the Posies trophy.


The 2013 Pedal for the Posies field
The coveted Pedal for the Posies trophy (currently on display at the The Eclectic Mix the 2014 winners)