Derby Day | May 4, 2024

A Fundraiser for Pequot Library

Experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn with festive tailgates. Watch the “Run for the Roses” on the big screen in the auditorium, and celebrate with Kentucky fare and an open bar in the Main Tent. Keep the party going with DJ Rob during the after-party.

Tailgates & Tickets

Buy your tickets early—this fundraiser sold out last year! Wristbands will be mailed to ticket holders in the weeks following purchase.

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Retired Racehorse Project. All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Event takes place rain or shine. This event is exclusively for guests 21 and over.

Party layout is subject to change at the discretion of Pequot Library staff. Please note: Tailgate spots are on grass; ground may be uneven or near low-hanging branches. Guests are welcome to visit Pequot Library in person to view potential tailgate locations.


Schedule of Events

3:00 – Pre-Party: Tailgate Ticket Holders Only
4:00 – Derby Day Party on the Great Lawn
6:50 – Watch the Run for the Roses!
7:00 – After Party

Derby Dollars (DD)

Derby Dollars are for use in the raffle, Bourbon Wall purchases, and Horse Voting. Derby Dollars (DD) are $5 each and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. *DD are for ticketholders’ use only and CANNOT be applied towards tickets.

Silent Auction

Bid on an amazing array of items and experiences.


Best Tailgate (Win, Place, and Show)
Best Hat
Best Dressed Lady
Best Dressed Gentleman