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APRIL 9 - DECEMBER 31, 2013
It’s a party, a tradition, a place for the wild and zany- an atmosphere where anything can happen, and sometimes does! Whether young or not-so-young those who enjoy the Kentucky Derby infield have stories to tell and the pictures to prove it. “The Infield” exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum will showcase the fun and enthusiasm that infield fans share during the races on the first Saturday in May. Featuring life-size cut-outs for photo- ops, three video compilations of the odd and curious events often found in the action and historic moments that make a part of the storied past of this location.
The exhibit walks you through a day in the life of an infielder, beginning with the sights and sounds of the famous tunnel. Navigate the crowd through a crazy cast of characters, stop to take your picture with a few. You won't know what to expect around each corner, just like the real thing.
Traditionally, the Infield offers two perspectives. The Third Turn Party, where young collegiate-aged rookies and Louisville veterans create the all-out-crazy party that is the Kentucky Derby Infield. On the opposite end, Turn One offers a family-like picnic setting, great for all ages, far different from the Third Turn crowd.
In between lies a vast sea of people with their territories roped off, wearing their best Derby attire with their beverage of choice in hand. No matter which Derby experience you choose to have, it will certainly be a memorable one.
As you take in the scenery, be sure to stop & read the stories of legends and lore from Infield regulars. Many self-proclaim to be the "most visited" infielder and one is called the "Infield Mayor". Few actually see the horses race as they spend the day watching screens scattered around the 26 acres. The spectacle and tradition of the Infield carries throughout the day, race or no race. What are the odds that you'll crash someone’s party tent, be hugged by a stranger, take a dive in the mud or dance like no one is watching? Take your chances and find out in "The Infield".
The Infield is so much more than a party. It's rich history is woven throughout the exhibit. When Louisville won the bid to host the first Kentucky State Fair in 1902, the city's only location suitable for handling the anticipated crowds and needed exhibit space was Churchill Downs. The racetrack proudly opened its gates for the first Fair and welcomed 75,000 fairgoers during the six-day event. Appropriately, several horse shows were among the featured events, as well as steam auto races and the head-on collision of two freight trains.
Find these fun facts & more when you take a trip through our "Infield".
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Capture the Moment
An updated exhibit showcasing I'll Have Another's victory. Featuring photographs covering the days events, this exhibit captures the fun and excitement of the Derby Experience. Located in the front lobby.