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Rain May Put A Damper On Derby Tradition

The Governor's Derby Breakfast in Frankfort is a tradition on the first Saturday in May. Before the race at Churchill, thousands will invade the capital grounds to enjoy some pre-Derby festivities, but mother nature may try to throw a wrench in those plans.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher and her staff are making preparations to throw the big breakfast on Saturday. The floors are being swept, the tents are going up, and last minute efforts are underway for the 36th annual Governor's Derby Breakfast. It's an event that will draw quite the crowd as long as the skies over the capital don't threaten.

There are some areas that will provide shelter from the rain but some things might have to be canceled if the weather turns ugly.

"There will be some things we won't be able to do such as hot air balloon rides and things like that, but normally we have all the artisans and things will be under tents, so it shouldn't be too bad. Just everyone bring an umbrella," said the First Lady.

The event usually draws between 15,000 and 20,000 people.

"The weather has put a little bit of a damper on crowds at times when it's really cold or if it's drizzly or rainy so that will probably effect numbers that we have, so I'm hoping for really good weather," Fletcher said.

The event that has been held since 1971 has quite the menu which includes: 2,080 pounds of country ham, 13,000 biscuits, 20,000 eggs, 1,200 pounds of sausage and 12,000 servings of cheese grits.

There's concern that the rain could impact Derby festivities in Louisville this weekend as well.


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