The 2017 Governor’s Derby Day Celebration was one of the wettest, coolest in recent memory. On Saturday, despite the adverse weather conditions, die-hard Derby fans showed up in downtown Frankfort for the family friendly activities, food, and music. The event brought even Kentucky Governor Bevin and his kids down to enjoy and engage in the festivities. From the YMCA sponsored Derby Dash for the kids, to the Pedal for the Posies, sponsored by FolkBike Recyclery and WalkBike Frankfort, this year’s event was still a lot of fun. Although somewhat scaled down, the Kentucky Historical Society still set up on the Old State Capitol lawn to sponsor the ever popular pony stick races, and to make your own Derby Hat. With volunteers, ribbons, bows and flowers to decorate set up inside the Old State Capitol, one could decorate one’s own prized Derby Hat. Musical entertainment on the main stage was once again sponsored by Jim Beam, and featured the Frankfort School of Ballet, the Kentucky State University band, and local favorite, Phat Mattress. Visitors and locals alike were able to meet the likes of Abe and Mrs. Lincoln, the Dixie Belles, and a beautiful Gypsy Vanner horse from the stables at the Kentucky Horse Park. New this year were our little jockeys mixing it up with the crowds. Gone this year were the bounce houses. But the First Christian Church still set up face painting and other kid friendly games and activities, while the pony rides continued outside in the parking lot. The Derby Celebration is quickly morphing into something more. New this year, the streets stayed closed for a block party for the community. A live jazz band entertained the crowd of people who either stuck around or returned after the main activities wound up at 1 pm. The sun had made an appearance by early afternoon. And families and friends mixed it up and danced into the night. If you are a resident of South Frankfort, you may have noticed that there was even MORE entertainment this year sponsored by Rebecca Ruth Candies. Southern Belles, kids races, face painting, a DJ, an Elvis impersonator, and even live music, were featured throughout the day. Although weather conditions were not favorable, some adventurists ventured over by foot or by shuttle transport from downtown to see the added entertainment. We’d love to see the added events morph into an even larger downtown celebration as tourists are even beginning to take notice of the charm and personality that IS downtown Frankfort on Derby Day!