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Derby Day at The Dixie: The Best Kentucky Derby Event This Side of the State Line

Posted 4/8/19

It is time for the Eighth Annual Derby Day at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon.  Held on race day, Saturday, May 4, this fun-filled event celebrates …

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Derby Day at The Dixie: The Best Kentucky Derby Event This Side of the State Line

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It is time for the Eighth Annual Derby Day at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon.  Held on race day, Saturday, May 4, this fun-filled event celebrates the time-honored traditions of the Kentucky Derby and is free to the public. 

Derby Day at The Dixie is quickly becoming the event to attend this side of the state line for Kentucky Derby-style tailgates, amazing derby hats and a showing of that little horse race that will have the nation riveted for two minutes.

Replete with all the splendor of any Derby gala worth its salt, both men and women come bedecked in their best Derby attire. Seersucker, bow ties and hats of all shapes, sizes and colors make their debuts for this derby event. If you would like to purchase your Derby hat at the event, Mockingbird Threadworks and Lovie’s Flowers will be creating and selling derby hats for the ladies benefitting The Dixie’s Academic Enrichment Programs.

And of course, Derby Day at The Dixie boasts plenty of southern hospitality.  Local citizens and businesses put together proper southern tailgates on The Dixie lawn showcasing traditional derby fare and decor.  

The Jordan Skoda Band from Martin, TN will be playing. The musicianship and southern harmonies of the band are some of the best around!  

Attendees will also enjoy an opportunity to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby, a silent auction, a LIVE auction, and a live showing of the race in The Dixie’s Hal Holbrook Theatre that is guaranteed to have everyone cheering for their pick by the home stretch. And for the little Derby-goers, there will be children’s games and crafts. And let’s not forget about a photo opportunity with the Dixie racehorse and jockey!

To round out the day, The Dixie presents awards for the best tailgate, best women’s derby hat and attire, and best men’s derby hat and attire, along with other special categories. While derby attire is celebrated, please come as you are and enjoy this afternoon Southern fun!

All proceeds from Derby Day benefit The Dixie’s Academic Enrichment Programs for the children in our area including after-school photography and creative dramatics, music, pottery and summer camps.

Derby Day at The Dixie is May 4, 2 to 6 p.m.  This is a free event. To reserve a tailgate spot, contact The Dixie Box Office, M-F, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 731-986-2100.  Derby Day at The Dixie is sponsored by Dr. Lee and Donna Butler.

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