Here’s Why There’s So Much More To The Kentucky Derby Than A Two Minute Horse Race

Whether you’ve lived in Kentucky your entire life or the closest you’ve come to enjoying our state is a bite of Kentucky Fried Chicken, you know that we are famous for the Kentucky Derby. The Bluegrass State is known for its beautiful horse country and epic racing, and it all comes to a head on the first Saturday in May. The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, but there’s so much more to it than that! If you’ve always thought of the Derby as a one-day affair, think again, and check out how Louisville and the state of Kentucky are already celebrating, weeks before the big race.

There are far too many individual events to list in just one article, so check out the Kentucky Derby Festival website and Facebook page for more information on these (and many other) celebrations taking place over the next few weeks!

The Kentucky Derby is a beloved tradition in the Bluegrass State and the Derby Festival is just as exciting. Did you know about all of the events that take place leading up to the Derby? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to share photos from your Derby Festival activities by tagging us on Instagram using #OnlyInKentucky and #OnlyInLouisville for a chance to see your photos featured!