Derby Museum Hat Contest
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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.
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. Learn more about other historic Infield events in the Infield Exhibit!