Ladies get your big hats ready! The 4th Annual Derby Day Soiree presented by the Junior League of Lynchburg is coming to town Saturday May 4th, 2013. It is being held at the Oakwood Country Club on Rivermont Ave from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets include dinner, drinks, dancing, entertainment, and auctions. Ticket prices range from $55 to $70 and can be purchased at lynchburgtickets.com/derbyday. Auction items from previous years include vacations, painting, and jewelery. All proceeds will benefit the Junior League of Lynchburg (JLL).
Derby Day coincides with the running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3rd and 4th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is made up of twenty three-year-old Thoroughbreds and is one and a quarter mile in length. The Kentucky Derby, also known as the “Run of the Roses” for the garland of more than 400 roses placed on the winning horse, has been run every year since 1875 making this year’s Derby the 139th! The top five winners split prize winnings with first place taking 62% of the purse and fifth place taking 3%. The 2013 purse is just over $2.1 million which means the winner will take approximately $1.2 million.
Referred to as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby is more than just a race. For those who make their way to the Derby, it is all about the experience. From “Millionaire’s Row,” the box seats usually filled with the rich and famous, to the infield; a general admission area filled with those there to party and revel in the festivities it is a time to remember. Time tested traditions of the Derby include mint juleps, an alcoholic drink made up of bourbon, mint, and sugar syrup served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup. Large, elaborate hats are also worn by the female attendees creating quite the spectacle over the years and no Run of the Roses would be complete without the playing of its anthem, “My Old Kentucky Home.” The history of the song is unclear, but is believed to have been part of the Derby since 1921.
All in all the Kentucky Derby is an exciting event and Lynchburg’s Annual Derby Day helps to capture some of that magic without actually being there. When you’ve had your fill of mint juleps bring your bow ties and big hats and come on down to Stoney Badger and join us for more live music and drinks.
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