For the past 139 years, on the first Saturday in May, women have donned obnoxiously large hats and sipped mint juleps, men have bet their hard earned money, and three-year-old thoroughbreds have sped down a track in Louisville, Kentucky in an attempt to claim the biggest prize in horse racing.
The Kentucky Derby is called "the most exciting two minutes in sports," and we know you don't want to experience that excitement alone. We've rounded up the best Kentucky Derby events in St. Louis, so there's no excuse not to throw on your most summery dress or seersucker suit and get in on the fun.
On your mark, get set, GO!
Cedar Lake Cellars (Schreckengast Road, Wright City; 636-745-9500) Cedar Lake Cellars is hosting a Derby Day soiree starting at 3:30 p.m. on May 4. The event will be emceed by Fox 2's Randi Naughton, and tickets include food and drinks. Kansas City jazz band KC Groove Therapy will provide live music, and there will be plenty of raffles and prizes, as well as a silent auction. The event would not be complete without a race viewing, of course, or a best hat contest. Millionaire's Row tickets are sold out, but there are still $75 Grandstand tickets available online. All proceeds will benefit Therapeutic Horsemanship, a nonprofit that provides equine-assisted physical, occupational and speech therapy services to children and adults with disabilities in St. Louis.
Hendricks BBQ (1200 S. Main Street, St Charles; 636-724-8600) Hendricks will be hosting its first ever Derby Day celebration, but the owners hope to make it an annual party. There's a full schedule of events from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. including best suit and hat contests, a mint julep contest, a Whiskey 101 presentation and a live derby viewing. Of course, Hendricks will be providing an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, as well as various other appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $85 pre-purchase and $90 at the door. Hendricks will be open for regular business during the festivities, but you definitely don't want to miss the fun. Call Hendricks to get your tickets while they last.
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