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Before Kentucky’s big race, downtown Williamstown will be jam-packed with activities May 5 at the annual Derby Day Festival.
Attendees this year can run a race, listen to a variety of local talent, play countless childrens’ games or even attend a wedding.
Approximately 80 craft and food vendors will be on hand as the city celebrates the Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby.
The Derby Day parade will be at 2 p.m.
“It gives people in the community something to do that is family oriented,” said Storme Vanover, president of the Williamstown Merchants Association and Williamstown festival coordinator. “It’s a fun day. There’s something for everybody.”
A talent show will begin at 10 a.m. onstage on the lawn of the Grant County Courthouse.
Following the talent show, the stage will feature a variety of entertainment throughout the day.
Derby Idol Junior is scheduled from 11 to 11:30 a.m., with Derby Idol set from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Childrens’ events will include a bouncy house, giant slide, obstacle course, cow milking game, face painting, trackless train, pony rides, 4-H petting zoo, pirate ship rise and games.
New to the event this year will be Derby Day weddings performed by Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link.