Gov. Beshear unveils 2021 Kentucky Derby celebration poster
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear revealed the 2021 Kentucky Derby celebration poster Monday.
“The Kentucky Derby will have some fans in-person this year. This is what is possible through our successful rollout of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. The more Kentuckians who get their shot of hope, the more we can gather safely and ease restrictions,” Gov. Beshear said. “Thoroughbred horse racing is many things in Kentucky: it’s sport, culture, business and heritage. It’s also art, and today I couldn’t be happier to be taking part in this time-honored tradition of presenting a Governor’s Celebration Derby Poster. This year’s poster exemplifies the excitement and enthusiasm that surrounds the greatest two minutes in sports. It also serves as a wonderfully vibrant and cherished memento of the race for the public.”
The Kentucky Derby is the longest-running sporting event in U.S. history, generating an estimated economic impact of nearly $217 million annually for the commonwealth.
Since 1875, Kentucky has produced “the most exciting two minutes in sports” despite historical events like the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 147th Kentucky Derby will be held with limited capacity on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
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