Family Fun on Derby Day 2019: The Details

This year is the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2019, and with contenders such as Omaha Beach, Maximum Security, Code of Honor, and War of Wills—this Derby fits right in with the American Legion! So, following the festivities of the Estes Park Duck Race, American Legion Post 119 is hosting a Derby Day party for revelers of all ages.  Details for the Derby event are discussed below.

Ticket Prices

Adults $25 includes one adult beverage of choice

Ages 11-20 $20 includes a Derby Goody Bag

Ages 10 and under $15 includes a Derby Goody Bag

A $5 discount for all tickets purchased before May 4. Get them at the Legion or call 970-586-6118 for a credit card purchase to pick up at the event.

The Watch

Post 119 has recently acquired a new audio-visual system for the Great Hall that allows streaming of network race-day coverage onto a giant-screen with great resolution. You can watch all the action, from the time that NBC coverage begins at 2:30 pm, with the pre-race merriment, to the 4:50 post time, to the post-race champagne toast to the winner.

The Wagering

A bucket raffle is planned for the Kentucky Derby which might allow YOU to be a winner too! Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each (6 for $5). A bucket will be set up for each horse in the Derby race, and ticket buyers will drop their raffle tickets into the buckets for their favorite horses. At the end of the race, a raffle ticket will be drawn from each of the buckets of the “WIN” “PLACE” and “SHOW” derby horses.  The ticket drawn from the WIN bucket will receive 40% of the event raffle ticket sales, with the PLACE and SHOW winning tickets receiving 20 and 10 percent respectively. For example, if we sell $1,000 worth of raffle tickets, the WIN ticket gets $400, the PLACE ticket gets $200, and the SHOW ticket gets $100. You MUST be present to win!

The Hat Contest

A big part of the Derby fun is Derby wear, especially the HATS! So dress in your Derby partying finest for the event, and you have another chance to be a big winner! Derby Hat contest judging will take place throughout the event, with winners announced immediately after the raffle results. Categories for the hat contest are:

   Men: Best derby-themed hat (extra credit for a matching bow tie!)

   Women: Most Fascinating Fascinator

   Women: Haughtiest Couture Hat

   Boys: Best crown (for the triple-crown…)

Girls: Loveliest Derby Darling Hat

Girls: Most amazing self-made hat  

And… Legion staff member Sherry Duke is a whiz at making Derby Hats so contact her for your own special creation!

The Buffet and Libations

Did someone say Mint Juleps? We will have them!

About 3pm, we’ll start serving a fabulous buffet that carries out our Derby theme. The menu will include: 

   Bourbon-Glazed Ham    Pork Tenderloin Sliders

   Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits    Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole

   Butterbean and Radish Salad    Watermelon and Tomato Salad    Benedictine Cucumber Dip

   Bourbon Pecan Pie    Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce    Mint Julep Popsicles (non-alcoholic)

   Sweet Julep Tea     Unsweetened Iced Tea      Lemonade

And of course, the bar will be prepared to serve all of your regular favorite drinks, as well as special Mint Juleps and Elkins Distillery Specials.  

Kid-Friendly Games and Other Activities

Just to mention a few:

   Horse-race game on noodle horses,   Derby Cornhole,

   Selfie scavenger hunt,   Derby Garland Ring-toss,

   Photo ops,    Horseshoe tournament,

   Plastic horseshoe game,    Design a Jockey Silk


This event is going to be amazing! Please come!