Friday, April 15, 2011

Kentucky Derby T-Shirt Giveaway

~This Giveaway Is Now Closed~

It's officially Kentucky Derby time again! I thought it would be fun to once again offer a Kentucky Derby T-shirt for giveaway. But first, here's a repost from last year that I did telling you a little bit more about our Derby Festival events...


Being a Kentuckian my entire life, this time of year is always exciting. The Kentucky Derby, and all the great events leading up to it, are a fun and historic tradition around here. Here's a little information about The Kentucky Derby from Wikipedia:

"The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival and is widely considered the most prestigious horse race in the world. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg). The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes then the Belmont Stakes. The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders' Cup."

"In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play a large role in the Derby atmosphere. The Mint Julep, an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and a sugar syrup is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup but most Churchill Downs patrons sip theirs from a souvenir glass printed with all previous Derby winners. Also, burgoo, a thick stew of beef, chicken, pork and vegetables, is a popular Kentucky dish served at the Derby."

"The infield, a spectator area inside the track, offers general admission prices but little chance of seeing much of the race. Instead, revelers show up in the infield to party with abandon. By contrast, "Millionaire's Row" refers to the expensive box seats that attract the rich, the famous and the well-connected. Women appear in fine outfits lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, the University of Louisville marching band plays Stephen Foster's 'My Old Kentucky Home'."

Check out some of these fun festivities leading up to the Derby:

Chow Wagon on the Waterfront - food feasts and live music on the river
Thunder Over Louisville - huge airshow & fireworks display
Pegasus Parade
Great Balloon Race
The Great Steamboat Race
Run For The Rose'
Great Bed Races
...and much, much more. There are concerts, parties, luncheons, wine fests, and all kinds of celebrations. It's really a terrific time to be in Louisville!

Even though I have lived in or around Louisville all my life, I've only attended The Kentucky Derby once. It was a spectacular experience and watching the horses parade by as they played "My Old Kentucky Home" was truly moving. I tried a mint julep and I have to admit it was one of the worst things I've ever tasted, LOL! But, it was fun to dress up and wear a pretty hat and then get to see it all in person.

I thought it would be fun to share some hometown pride and offer a little giveaway. Up for grabs is a Kentucky Derby T-Shirt. If you would like to enter, please leave a comment on this post. Tell me whether or not you will be watching or celebrating the Kentucky Derby in any way. Also, tell me your shirt size (Adult S, M, L, or XL) in your comment. I'll pick a random winner and then choose a cool Kentucky Derby T-Shirt just for you.
Giveaway will end at 11:00 pm EST on April 23, 2011
U.S. entries only

*This is not a sponsored giveaway. The T-shirt for giveaway is being supplied by me.


septembermom said...

Has it been a year already since I won mine? I have received many compliments on it over this year. Thanks Kari!

Anash said...

Mandatory Entry: i will be watching the derby hopefully!!
Thanks for the opportunity! i am a size xl
Anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tammy said...

Since we are so far NW, they don't talk alot about the Kentucky Derby other than highlights on the news. It sounds like fun...

I would be a Large.

Mama Zen said...

How fun! I watch every year!

I'm a large!

Madison said...

Sadly, we are a non-cable family, so unless it's found somewhere online, I won't be able to watch it :(
Hopefully a friend of ours will be though, then we can join in the festivities!

XL, please :)

Anonymous said...

I will be watching the Kentucky Derby! Shirt size if I win is Large

Frank said...

Who doesn't watch the Kentucky Derby? Size Large please if I am chosen

Andy said...

Having a big party for the derby. want to come? Size XL if I win please

Monica said...

I love watching horse races. Will watch durby for sure. Size Large please!

sandyandcosmo said...

I'll be sipping a mint julep and watching on TV. Sadly I don't have a big fancy hat to wear! Size M if I win, please.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I don't celebrate, but my brother, dad, and sister would love to actually attend sometime. I'd like an XL

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

vwestermeyer said...

I'll be watching at home with friends! Size L if I'm the lucky one

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I'll be watching the Kentucky Derby at home with my husband. I grew up in Louisville, so it's like being home!

I wear a size S.

Thanks for a great giveaway!

navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

Crystal said...

I've watched the Derby every year since I was little!

I'm size M if it is a men's shirt, XL in women's.
CrystalW07 at

violoner said...

What a neat giveaway! I probably won't watch it, but I know soomebody that will and would love this shirt!

Samantha Oh said...

I don't know where to watch it but like violoner said, I have somebody I would love to give this to.
A Large would be proper,nice giveaway :)