Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Music and Dance Will Fuel the Fun at Governor’s Derby Breakfast

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A joyful noise will fill the air on Saturday, May 6 as the Governor’s Derby Breakfast attracts Kentuckians from all parts of the commonwealth to the capitol grounds for a morning of traditional southern food and homegrown entertainment.

On three separate stages, musicians, singers and dancers will perform throughout the morning while the crowd samples tasty down-home dishes and witnesses an exciting spectacle of colorful hot-air balloons (weather permitting) and many other forms of entertainment.

Both food and entertainment are free and no invitation or admission fee is required. In the event of rain, performances on the Capitol and Governor’s stages will be delayed and then resumed if weather permits.

The music kicks off bright and early at 7 a.m. The opening act on the Governor’s Stage is the Mt. Sinai Volunteers, an African-American a cappella gospel group from Harlan County. Meanwhile, the Folklife Stage in the mansion tent comes to life with Kentucky Cabaret presenting a multimedia tribute to dulcimer virtuoso Jean Ritchie. Both stages are on the east side of the Capitol near the breakfast tent.

On the Capitol Stage at the foot of the Capitol steps, the action comes to life at 7:30 a.m. as the Wildcat Cloggers from the Versailles area demonstrate this traditional dance.

Young instrumentalists from the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Whitesburg will demonstrate their precocious talents on the Governor’s Stage at 8 a.m. and on the Folklife Stage at 11 a.m.

More dancing will heat up the morning air as the Clogging McClain Clan from Georgetown performs at 8:30 a.m. and the Wizards of Dance from the Grayson area step lively at 10:30 a.m., both on the Capitol Stage.

No Derby Breakfast would be complete without a tribute to Kentucky’s adopted composer laureate, Stephen Foster. At 9 a.m. on the Governor’s Stage, the Stephen Foster Singers will perform songs from the famous outdoor musical staged every summer in Bardstown.  

Raison d’Etre, a women’s group from Northern Kentucky, will join their voices in tight harmonies on selections that range from Shaker to swing. They perform at 9:30 a.m. on the Governor’s Stage.

And what Kentucky celebration could fail to include Bluegrass music? Royal Blue, a seasoned group from Salvisa, will raise a ruckus at 9 a.m. on the Folklife Stage and again at 10 a.m. on the Governor’s stage.

These groups are just some of the many performers who will provide the musical accompaniment for the annual celebration of all things Kentucky that is the Governor’s Derby Breakfast.

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