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2006 Governor's Kentucky Derby Celebration

Governor Fletcher & First Lady Glenna FletcherWe are honored that you have chosen to share your Derby Week with us on the Capitol grounds for the Governor's Annual Derby Celebration.

This uniquely Kentucky tradition provides an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty and history of our Capitol and showcase the commonwealth’s unbridled spirit.

If you are a first time visitor to Kentucky, we hope that you will explore the area while you are here. There is a lot to see and plenty of reasons to come again. We are proud of our beautiful state, and Derby Day is the perfect time to enjoy the splendor that comes with springtime in the commonwealth.

As we take pride in our past and look forward to our future, this year's Derby Celebration activities will add to the memories of Derby 132. On behalf of the commonwealth, thank you for taking the time to be with us for this year's Derby Celebration.

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Governor's Derby Breakfast

Governor's Derby BreakfastThe Governor's Derby Breakfast has been a tradition since 1972. The first public breakfast at the Capitol involved only a few hundred guests. But it has since grown to a celebration of Kentucky's unique culture that draws thousands of visitors annually. 

The Kentucky Department of Parks prepares the food for this free buffet-style meal which is served from 7 to 11 a.m.  Entertainment will be performed on three stages around the Capitol grounds. Kentucky craftspeople and artists will display and sell their work. Children's activities ranging from hat-making to face painting will also take place. Weather permitting, hot air balloon rides will be offered on the grounds.

Derby Breakfast parking will be available at the CHR Complex, 275 E. Main St. A free shuttle bus service will operate between CHR, the Kentucky History Center, and the Capitol. Hours for the shuttle are 6:30 a.m. to noon. Handicap parking will be available in the parking lot just west of the Capitol.

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Directions & Parking Information
Shuttle bus service will provide guests with transportation to the Governor’s Derby Breakfast on the Capitol grounds.  Parking will be available at the Human Resources Building located at West Main Street & Martin Luther King Blvd.  Buses will run from the Human Resources Building to the Capitol area from 6:30 AM to Noon. 

Please use the East-West Connector to access the Human Resources Building lot.  The Connector is also called Veterans Memorial Drive and is KY 676 that runs between US 60 (Versailles Road) and US 127 (Lawrenceburg Road).  Follow the East-West Connector to Martin Luther King Boulevard.  From US 127, turn left at the fourth stoplight onto Martin Luther King Boulevard.  From US 60, turn right at the second stoplight.  The entrance to the Human Resources Building parking lot will be on left.

Limited street parking will be available in the south Frankfort area around the Capitol.  The parking lots around the Capitol or the Capitol Parking Structure will not be available for public parking during the Derby Breakfast.

The shuttle route will also include a stop at the Kentucky History Center.  Downtown Frankfort parking may also be possible.

Governor's Mansion Open House

Each year, tens of thousands of people from across the country visit Frankfort, the State Capitol Building and the Governor's Mansion.  While the annual Governor's Derby breakfast and all the related activities are going on outside, the Governor's Mansion is open for walking tours.

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Celebration of Hope

Celebration of HopeThe “Celebration of Hope” is an annual event that was established in 1996 to pay tribute to the courageous women who have fought and continue to fight their battle with breast cancer.  This gathering of women serves to remind us that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second leading cause of death among women.

On Monday, May 1, 2006, First Lady Glenna Fletcher will host an afternoon of camaraderie and tribute to the lives of hundreds of women across the commonwealth.

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Directions & Parking Information
Parking will be available on the top level of the Capitol Parking Structure next to the Capitol Annex.




Audio/Video: Glenna Fletcher Kicks Off 2006 Governor's Derby Celebration

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Information Updated: 03/22/2011