Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Kentucky State Park Crew Takes Pride in Preparing for Annual Derby Breakfast

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Governor, First Lady to welcome Kentuckians to annual Derby event

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kathy Hale has worked at the Governor’s Derby Breakfast at the Capitol for the last 10 years and has seen a lot of celebrities.

But Hale, who is the dining room manager at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park near Jamestown, gets a bigger thrill from the hard work and pride she feels for her state on the first Saturday morning in May.

“It makes you feel proud. It is a reflection on Kentucky,” she said. “You work hard, but it’s well worth it.”

Hale will be part of the Kentucky State Park crew that helps cook, set up tables and serve the breakfast under a large tent just behind the Capitol on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May 5. Employees from around the state come to Frankfort to work for the event that is free and open to the public.

The breakfast is the one of the largest annual events the Department of Parks participates in with an estimated 13,000 meals prepared. Food will be served 7 to 11 a.m. The cooking staff starts working just after midnight.

Governor Ernie Fletcher and First Lady Glenna Fletcher will be on hand to welcome visitors to the event.

“The first Saturday in May is a day when the spotlight shines on Kentucky and we have the opportunity to highlight all that our Commonwealth has to offer,” said Governor Fletcher. “Glenna and I look forward to welcoming visitors to the Capitol to share in the Derby Breakfast tradition.”

“Ernie and I invite Kentuckians and those visiting the Commonwealth to the Capitol to join us for a traditional Southern-style breakfast,” Mrs. Fletcher said. “The Governor’s Derby Breakfast is a great way to kick off a day filled with Kentucky traditions.”

The annual public celebration dates from 1971 and, for most of its years, has been staged on the Capitol grounds. 

Kentucky State Park food services employees prepare the food at three Frankfort cafeterias and transport it to a serving tent and buffet line on the Capitol grounds.

The amount of food that is prepared is impressive. Here’s the ingredient list:

  • 2,080 pounds of country ham;
  • 13,000 biscuits;
  • 10,000 juices;
  • 20,000 eggs;
  • 1,200 pounds of sausage;
  • 60 bushels of apples;
  • 15,000 cups of coffee; and
  • 12,000 servings of cheese grits

The Governor’s Derby Breakfast is free and open to the public. Parking will be available at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services building, 275 E. Main Street in Frankfort. A free shuttle service will operate from 6:30 a.m. to noon. Handicapped parking will be available in the parking lot just west of the Capitol.

The Capitol grounds will be filled with activities during the breakfast, including crafts, face painting and live music. For a complete list of Governor’s Derby Breakfast activities, visit .