Tuesday, April 9, 2019


photo of the horses running in front of the twin spires of churchill downs with a crowd of people in the background. many different colors of jockey silks on the horses.

Spring has arrived early, trees and flowers are blooming and the guests are really enjoying the porches. Excitement is building in Louisville for Derby. The Derby Festival starts this weekend with Thunder Over Louisville - the largest fireworks display in north America. Held in downtown Louisville on barges in the Ohio River and on the second street bridge it draws crowds of 500,000 to watch from both sides of the river.  It's fun, it's free...you can bring a picnic and watch the air show early in the day and be ready for the fireworks at 9:30pm

Then the next two weeks are full of one event after another. Great fashion shows, super cooking demonstrations, the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race, the Marathon, the Balloon Race, The Bed Race, The Kenducky Derby Race...you name it they race it here!

Churchill Downs - the track where the Kentucky Derby is held that first Saturday in May - has tours year round and a wonderful museum. I recently went with my sister to see the new addition to the museum and the new video "The Greatest Race".  The video is worth the trip alone! Projected on a huge screen in one of the world's only 360 degree 4K theaters, the 18 minute movie kept a room full of tourists mesmerized.

One of the best events is the Dawn at the Downs at the track. This is super popular so best to buy tickets early. You are on the 5th or 6th floors at Churchill where you can see the Derby horses practice as the sun comes up and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet.                        

So come to Kentucky the first Saturday in May for the Derby or come any day. There is plenty to see and do here in town and we will make you comfortable here at Woodhaven.