Wynonna & The Big Noise to Headline For "Derby Experiences" as Fillies & Lillies Party Makes Derby Week Debut
LOUISVILLE, KY, October xx, 2013 - Five-time GRAMMY winner and native Kentuckian Wynonna Judd will be the headline performer for a new addition to the lineup of Derby Week major events in 2014 as Derby Experiences hosts the Fillies & Lilies Party on Friday, May 2.
Performing with her band, The Big Noise, Judd brings major star power to the new event, which is part of “Derby Experiences,” Churchill Downs’ official travel/experience program for fans who want to experience the Kentucky Derby in a special way. Ticket packages to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, hotel accommodations, hospitality and other amenities can include the Fillies & Lilies Party and are available at www.DerbyExperiences.com.
The 140th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby® Presented by Yum! Brands is set for Saturday, May 3, 2014, with the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks ® - the Derby’s sister race for fillies – on Friday May 2. The party is set for Friday night at the Kentucky Derby Museum on the grounds of Churchill Downs to culminate the day devoted to the Kentucky Oaks competition among the best 3-year-old distaff race horses.
The Fillies & Lilies Party will be the centerpiece of a new Derby Experiences Friday and Saturday package to include Third Floor Grandstand seating, VIP Fast Access to Churchill Downs and deluxe hospitality at the newly-minted Sunny’s Halo Lounge, an elevated clubhouse party deck that is part of the track’s latest enhancement project. Sunny’s Halo Lounge features special appearances by celebrity jockeys, complimentary food and beverage and large screen TVs for simulcast coverage of the races. The Fillies & Lilies Party Package pricing starts at $1,999 with tickets to the party only priced at $599.
In addition to the Wynonna & The Big Noise performance, The Fillies & Lilies Party includes complimentary beer, wine and cocktails with heavy hors d’oeuvres plus dancing amidst the allure of the Kentucky Derby Museum and its exhibits heralding the history and tradition of America’s oldest continuously held sporting event. Nationally-renowned magician Matthew Furman also will perform at the party.
Part of the famous Judd family of entertainers including her mother, Naomi, and sister, Ashley, Wynonna has sold over 30 million albums and also is a New York Times best-selling author who has appeared on Dancing With The Stars, among scores of entertainment industry credits. She has amassed 20 #1 hits and 60 industry awards through one of the most captivating careers in American entertainment history.
“Derby Experiences” packages are available to individuals, small and large groups who want to do the Kentucky Derby as a “bucket list” event and to corporate and thoroughbred racing industry interests looking for a turnkey experience at the iconic race weekend. The customizable offerings feature a variety of products and services including ground transportation, fast access passes, on-site hospitality centers, private wagering stations, simulcast TV coverage, celebrity jockey appearances and food/beverage service with paddock tours, horse farm tours, distillery tours and golf.
Derby Experiences, the Official Experience Package Provider to Churchill Downs, is a partnership between Churchill Downs and QuintEvents of Charlotte, NC. It has sold out every year since 2008, increasing the Derby’s economic impact on Greater Louisville by bringing fans in early and exposing them to other regional destinations. The “Derby Experiences” program is unique because it provides fans with a secure buying platform, rather than ticket brokers or secondary market channels that can be risky and uncertain. All ticket and hospitality packages come direct from Churchill Downs.
Hotel accommodations include Louisville’s finest, The Galt House, The Brown, The Seelbach, The Marriott Downtown and Embassy Suites, among others. The www.DerbyExperiences.com website also includes news and commentary from expert bloggers, Oaks and Derby history, testimonials, photo galleries, newsletters, fashion guides and media articles about Derby Experiences.
In addition to its relationship with Churchill Downs, QuintEvents also is an official provider of similar services for the Breeders’ Cup, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the Formula 1™ series of worldwide auto races, and the new Circuit of The Americas™ auto racing facility in Austin, TX.