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30 selecttraveler.com J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 F O R known THE KENTUCKY DERBY is called "the fastest two minutes in sports," but the Kentucky Derby Festival may be the liveliest two weeks in celebrations. e festival kicks off two weeks before the Derby with under Over Louisville, a bombastic fireworks dis- play and air show over the Ohio River. e event is free, but it can be tough to find a spot with such large crowds. Groups staying at the riverfront Galt House Hotel have a perfect spot to watch the shows, said Susan Dallas, senior communications manager for the Louisville Convention and Visi- tors Bureau. Visitors can also buy tickets to be aboard Belle of Louisville and on the water beneath the action. e weekend before Derby Day, the U.S. Bank Great Balloon- Fest features three days of ballooning. e Wednesday before, groups can board the Belle of Louisville or the Belle of Cincinnati as they face off during the Great Steamboat Race. e Pegasus Pa- rade marches down Broadway on ursday, and Fest-a-Ville and the Chow Wagon festival grounds feature daily concerts, enter- tainment, activities and vendors. Groups don't have to be at the Derby to experience live horse racing at Churchill Downs, Dallas said. Racing starts at the track a week before, and guests can reserve outdoor box seats, book private suites or dine in the Millionaire's Row and Skye Terrace dining rooms. Dawn at the Downs allows groups to have break- fast at the track and watch morning workouts, including those of Derby hopefuls. W W W . G O T O L O U I S V I L L E . C O M FESTIVALS LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY By Jamie Rhodes, courtesy Louisville CVB K E N T U C K Y D E R B Y F E S T I V A L B Y R A C H E L C A R T E R EVERY CITY HAS ITS "THING." SOME ARE KNOWN FOR MOUNTAINS ON THE HORIZON OR SKYSCRAPING SKYLINES, SOME HAVE REPUTATIONS AS HIPSTER BASTIONS, AND SOME ARE RENOWNED FOR HISTORIC SITES. BUT OTHERS ARE KNOWN FOR KNOWING HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. THESE CITIES HOST ICONIC FESTIVALS EVERY YEAR, AND WHETHER IT'S TO CELEBRATE JAZZ OR TULIPS, HOT-AIR BALLOONS OR HORSE RACING, THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY GETS IN THE SPIRIT.

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