Festival Unveiled


Spring was in the air as a sold out crowd enjoyed the Kentucky Derby Festival’s first official event of the New Year – “Festival Unveiled” Presented by Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon. The event, held at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, showcased many elements of the 2017 Derby Festival, including the Official Poster, complete merchandise line and more.

In addition to rolling out the Official Poster and Merchandise for the first time, guests at the pre-Festival party received the 2017 Official Program with complete details of the upcoming Festival. Derby Festival followers can also search for the Kentucky Derby Festival app in their Smartphone’s’ App store or Google Play.

As a special treat, Four Roses Bourbon held the 14th Annual Rose Julep Recipe Contest in conjunction with Festival Unveiled. Mark Corley of Silver Dollar won the Judges’ Award with his “Wild Wilda Mint Julep” and Colleen McCarthy-Clarke of Martini’s Italian Bistro won the People’s Choice Award with her “The Petal Pusher” recipe.

Festival Unveiled featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary gift for guests. There was also a silent auction of framed 2017 Official and Limited Edition Posters and postcards. Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon are Presenting Sponsors of the event.  Ladyfingers Catering is a Contributing Sponsor. Media Sponsors are LEO Weekly and 106.9 PLAY.


Jim O'Toole, Henry Hopson, Denise Crane, David "Rico" Flores, Barbara Owens, Kay Cayce
Steve & Lori Androit Executive Board Member of the Kentucky Derby Festival
Ron Jasin creator of this year's Kentucky Derby Festival Poster
Phil Deeb, Lauren Brennerman, Kate Shaffery & Laura Lawson
Paula Campbell & Lisa Stevenson with the Lincoln Foundation and Chairman of KY Derby Festival
Marty Walters, Richard Lewis and chip Atkins with RH Clarkson Insurance Company
Eric Curtis, Jessica Curtis, Leah Rainbolt, Derek Rainbolt, Bill & Collen Rumpke
Erin Jones, Tricia Siegwald, Karen Henderson, Taylor Henderson, Jayme Perez, Rip Hatfield & Kathy Newton
Kate Welch, Rachel Bell, The Hat Girls in Norton Commons
The Official Kentucky Derby Kickoff Event
Chris & Missy Dickinson with Trish Osborn and John Lang
Dr. Yvonne D. Austin with the Derby Festival Pricesses