Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Kicks Off 2006 Governor's Derby Celebration
Event expected to be one of the best ever!
Note to editors: The Governor’s Derby Breakfast on May 6 at the Capitol in Frankfort is free and open to the public. Complete details about the celebration are available at http://governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration
FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher today unveiled the official Governor’s Kentucky Derby Celebration 2006 poster and invited every Kentuckian and their Derby guests to visit the Capitol on May 6 for the annual Governor’s Breakfast.
“The governor and I invite everyone to enjoy the unbridled spirit of Kentucky on this special day,” First Lady Glenna Fletcher said. “The Governor’s Derby Breakfast is a unique celebration of everything that makes our commonwealth special.”
The Governor’s Kentucky Derby Celebration 2006 poster, Dawn of a New Derby, is a glimpse behind the gates in the days that lead up to the most exciting two minutes in sports. This artistic montage conveys the warmth, the work and the will to win that leads up to the first Saturday in May. With completion of the new facilities at Churchill Downs, The Kentucky Derby is now, more than ever, the place where the best three year olds in training are invited to run the race to glory.
As a public event, the Governor’s Derby Breakfast dates from 1972, in the administration of Governor Wendell Ford. Previous governors hosted breakfast by invitation only. At the first public breakfast, a few hundred people showed up for the meal. Over the years, the event has evolved into a showcase for Kentucky’s cultural richness, with entertainment, crafts and activities enhancing the meal itself.
This year’s breakfast continues the tradition. The Kentucky Department of Parks will serve up a delicious array of breakfast items under a tent adjacent to the Capitol Annex. Guests may choose from country ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, apples, cheese grits, biscuits, pastries, muffins, fruit juices and coffee. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Feeding 15,000 hungry Derby Breakfast guests is always a challenge, but the Kentucky Department of Parks has the event down to a science. Supplies and equipment start arriving early during Derby Week. Before long, food staff employees from various parks arrive to start the set up and food preparation. Cooking begins in earnest at 1 a.m. on Derby morning in two state-run cafeterias in Frankfort. As the food is cooked, it is transported to a serving tent on the Capitol grounds, where it is served buffet style.
By the end of the morning, the staff will have dished out 20,000 eggs, more than 2,000 pounds of Kentucky country ham, 13,000 biscuits, 60 bushels of apples and 15,000 cups of coffee.
The Governor’s Derby Breakfast Celebration is free and open to the public.
In addition to the traditional southern breakfast, entertainment will be staged continuously at three locations. Talent from across the commonwealth will be enjoyed throughout the morning. Singing, dancing and storytelling are only a few of the many things to enjoy Derby morning.
Kentucky crafts will be on display and available for sale in the Kentucky Crafters tent.
Meanwhile, history comes alive as “Henry Clay” and “Sallie Ward” tell their stories in performances sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council. The Kentucky Folklife Program will sponsor music, storytelling and theatre performances in the Mansion Tent.
Children’s activities will include face painting, hat-making and visits with costumed characters, including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.
Derby breakfast patrons can browse for Kentucky agricultural products, pick up a free highway map and get a packet of wildflower seeds at other booths. Guests can also find out about things to see and do in Frankfort, tour the History-mobile, plan for a college education and learn about the state’s aviation program. Weather permitting, free hot air balloon rides will be staged on the capital grounds. And classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the presentation by the Capital City Classic Auto Club.
The city of Frankfort has also scheduled activities for children downtown on the St. Clair Mall.
The Governor’s Kentucky Derby Celebration 2006 poster can be purchased for $20 from the Kentucky Historical Society’s 1792 Store at http://store.kentucky.gov/kyhs/
Derby Breakfast parking will be available at the CHR Complex, 275 E. Main Street. A free bus shuttle service will operate between CHR, the Kentucky History Center and the Capitol. Hours for the shuttle are 6:30 a.m. to noon. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot just west of the Capitol. For more information about the celebration, visit http://governor.ky.gov/derbycelebration