2023 Derby Day Celebration – SOLD OUT

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2023 Derby Day tickets have sold out. Email Grace Calderon at calderon@pequotlibrary.org to add your name to the waitlist! No tickets will be sold at the door.

A Fundraiser for Pequot Library | Experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn with festive tailgates, yard games, contests, and more. 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, sponsored by the Loya Family. Keep the party going with DJ Rob at the after-party, sponsored by Katie O’Grady & Team at Compass.

Would your business be interested in acting as a sponsor? Contact Development Manager Grace Calderon at: calderon@pequotlibrary.org. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

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 with DJ Rob

Derby Dollars (DD)
For ease and convenience, we are offering Derby Dollars for use in the raffle, Bourbon Wall purchases, and Horse Voting. Derby Dollars (DD) are $5 each and can be purchased below or on the day of the event. *DD are for ticketholders’ use only and CANNOT be applied towards tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door!*

Use 8 Derby Dollars or $40 to purchase a bottle of bourbon from our Bourbon Wall.

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

Wristbands will be mailed to ticket holders in the weeks following purchase. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Retired Racehorse Project.

PLEASE NOTE – *DD are for ticketholders’ use only and CANNOT be applied towards tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door! *

Q: What should I expect to do while I’m there? A: You’ll enjoy Kentucky fare plus festive libations from our two mobile bar trucks – Flutes & Foam and the Vintage Horse. Check out the tailgates, some of which feature antique cars. Vote on your favorite horse, swoon over our auction items, and enter a chance to win the 50/50 raffle. Scope out your picks for best hat and best-dressed. Watch the race inside on the big screen, and make some new friends!
Q: What if it rains again? A: Dress for the weather! We had a blast regardless last spring.



May 6
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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