Derby Daze

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have attended the 140th Kentucky Derby!  My wonderful parents & I planned together to surprise my sister with this trip for her 30th birthday celebration.  Once we locked in on a package deal attending both Oaks on Friday & Derby on Saturday within a suite, my folks were gracious enough to foot the bill for my ticket as well—even though my birthday isn’t until July, it was a wonderful gift!

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Kate & myself at Oaks.

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Lillies for the Fillies!

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Twin Spires at Churchill Downs

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Big ol’ hats.

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Off to the races!

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The new big screen!

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My first mint julep!

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(Outfit planning)

The hats, the juleps, the betting, the tradition—EVERYTHING about this place was amazing.  A serious lifetime experience.  Attending this race instilled in me such pride about my home state & really made me miss Kentucky!  I even teared up a bit during the singing of My Old Kentucky Home!  If you ever get the opportunity to go, do it!  It is unbelievable & highly recommended.

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