Kentucky Derby Festival

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7:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Project Seeks Volunteers to Combat Human Trafficking During the Kentucky Derby

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An organization dedicated to ending human trafficking is asking for as many as 200 outreach volunteers to help combat human trafficking during the Kentucky Derby season.

Cities that host national events such as the Derby see "a huge increase in the number of potential victims" of human trafficking, said Matthew Clark, director of the Redlight Project. Clark said another concern is that many people, particularly minors, who run away or get lost in cities become entangled in human trafficking.

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5:34 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Restricting Backpacks, Bandits for Marathon, MiniMarathon

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In response to last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon, organizers are banning backpacks and bandits from the course of Saturday's Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon.

Other changes include the prohibition of strollers on the course and the addition of the LMPD K-9 Unit to sniff around the start and finish lines, organizers said.

The annual races draw as many as 17,000 people—about 80 percent for the mini and 20 percent for the marathon. Festival officials expect that the largest crowds will be along the miniMarathon route.

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10:36 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Events Will Be Held As Scheduled Despite Boston Bombings

Kentucky Derby Festival officials  say all festival events will go on despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

KDF President Mike Berry said Monday nothing will be canceled. The festival puts on 70 events around the Kentucky Derby, including the massive Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show set for Saturday.

Festival officials estimate some 800,000 people could show up along the Ohio River waterfront in Louisville and southern Indiana to watch the annual show.

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12:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Sequester Cuts Official Military Aircrafts During Thunder Over Louisville

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Kentucky Derby Festival officials have confirmed that there will be no official military aircrafts flown during this year's Thunder Over Louisville.

"We are not expecting military to fly," said Amy Boyd, a spokeswoman with KDF.

This is something KDF had expected, but Boyd says they received the official work Thursday. Further, she says some planes being flown will be older, retired military aircrafts.

"Technically we still have military planes. They are still going to be loud noise makers. It's just different versions of those aircraft," she says.

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