Heavens to Betsy it’s horse racing time – This year we have the PREFECT place to watch the racing!

 The Junior League of South Brevard is hosting the 1st Annual

Bourbon Ball

Join the lovely ladies of the Junior League of South Brevard at The County Line Saloon on Derby Day (May 7th) from 3:00-7:00pm to watch your favorite horse race while sipping on Mint Juleps! Wear your best Derby Hat and Bowtie (there will be a contest!) and enjoy bourbon and cigar tastings, pictures with the Show Horse, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and horse raffles. Tickets are available for purchase – click here!



Nothing says Spring is here like the running of the Kentucky Derby. The first race of three in the hunt for the Triple Crown is held on the first Saturday in May. The horses will be running on a one and a quarter mile track at Churchill Downs. “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” as it is known in the US will start its coverage at 4pm on NBC with the race going off at 6:34pm.

Here at UTCF we are suckers for a southern tradition and when anyone in the south hears the word Derby (us included) the women start envisioning their hat and the men will be working up the ingredient list for mint juleps! Let us get you up to speed on everything you we think you will need to know for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby! Visit www.kentuckyderby.com for the full scoop!

Photo by Sam English


“Run for the Roses” – In 1952 Bill Corum, a sports columnist in New York (who later became the president of Churchill Downs) dubbed the Derby the “Run for the Roses” after the red rose became the official flower in 1904. The tradition stemmed from the roses that were presented to all the ladies who attended the Louisville Derby party. They were such a hit that they became the official flower and the first rose garland that is draped over the winning horse made its debut in 1896 over the winner Ben Bush. Today over 400 red roses are sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth at on end and the Twin Spires and number of the race’s current renewal on the other make up the rose garland.

Need some decorating ideas for your Derby Day party? You cant go wrong with red roses!

Photo by Weasie Gaines


My Old Kentucky Home, by Stephen Foster

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home, ‘Tis summer, the people are gay; The corn-top’s rip and the meadow’s in bloom while the birds make music all the day.


The young folks roll on the little cabin floor, all merry, all happy and bright; By ‘n’ by hard times comes a knocking at the door, then My Old Kentucky Home, good night!


Weep no more my lady Oh weep no more today; We will sing one song for My Old Kentucky Home, for My Old Kentucky Home, far away

The exact history on the official Derby song is a little fuzzy but its believed that it was played for the first time at the 47th running of the Derby in 1921. It wasn’t until either 1929 and 1930 that the song was played as it is heard now when the horses are walking from the paddock to the starting gate. Get your singing voices ready to sing along with the University of Louisville Marching Band as they welcome to horses to the 142nd Kentucky Derby!

My Old Kentucky Home


Derby Hats – While there is no requirement to shade your eyes with a wide brimmed straw hat full of color and accessories it certainly wouldn’t be the Kentucky Derby without one! It would be like going to the beach without a bathing suit or fishing without a fishing pole! When the Derby first stared the idea was to “have a racing environment that would feel comfortable and luxurious…” women would be wearing floor length dresses, gloves and hats. As clothing styles changed the dresses became shorter and women could also be appropriately dressed in suits and jackets, but the hats and gloves stayed. Now there is a more relaxed style of sundresses and shorts but the hat has lived on as a staple! Want to keep with the trend? Have a best hat contest at your party or a style your hat table – flowers, feathers, ribbons a glue gun and some imagination and you will be set!

Derby Hats


The Mint Julep – Get ready to wow your horse racing companions with this little piece of trivia! In 1938 the mint julep was made the official drink at Churchill Downs when they served them in a souvenir glass for just 75 cents a drink! According to www.kentuckyderby.com this year they will serve over 120,000 tasty drinks that required more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready to Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of fresh mint and 60,000 pounds of ice! Ready to make them at home for your party, click here for the official recipe and enjoy responsibly!

mint julep


Now that you have some history on the race, a few bits of trivia, inspiration for your hat and the recipe for the Mint Julep you are ready for Derby Day! Be sure to like us on Facebook and let us know what your Derby Plans are….and a picture of your Derby hat! Oh, and if you know who the winning horse will be let us know so we can get our bets in!

Photo by Justin Gilliland

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