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The Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrates the first Saturday in May as the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”.  This past Saturday, Downtown Frankfort joined the rest of the state in celebrating the Kentucky Derby.  The Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration featured live music, art vendors, fun and free activities for the family, food, history and a chance to meet the governor himself!

The streets of downtown Frankfort came to life with a flurry of Derby Day activities under perfect weather conditions this year.  It’s estimated that somewhere between 4,000 to 5,000 people attended this year’s celebrations during the four official hours of operation.  One could see such historical figures as Mr and Mrs Abe Lincoln, Daniel Boone, or even famed artist Paul Sawyier strolling the streets of downtown.  The YMCA hosted the ever popular Derby Dash races for kids from ages 2 – 12. The Kentucky Historical Society hosted the popular Derby Stick Horse Races and made Derby Hats on the Old Capitol Lawn, as well as opened up the Old Capitol itself for free tours.  Kentucky Governor Steve and First Lady Jane Beshear visited the Kentucky arts and crafts tent before boarding the CSX Governor’s Derby Train bound for Louisville and Churchill Downs.  One of the most popular events during the festivities is the Pedal for the Posies.  Dubbed the “Second Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, these races pit representatives from downtown businesses competing against one another on child sized bikes in races for bragging rights and a trophy for the next year.  The winner this year was Christian Huggins riding for Poor Richard’s Books.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of this year’s Derby Celebration compliments of Capital Living.