Derby Day Celebration

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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. Keep the party going with DJ Rob during the after-party. Scroll down for the schedule and more information.

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. For tailgates, please be aware that the ground is uneven and there are low-hanging branches. Contact Grace Calderon, Development Manager, in order to select your space at (203) 259-0346 ext. 125. Scroll down to see the map of the lawn and available spots.

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


Many thanks to our sponsors!


Tailgate map


Photo: Jarrett Liotta


May 4
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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