I've been to derby in the bleachers, on the backside, and Oaks in a private box but my "best" Derby is the two years my grandson volunteered me, his parents and his grandfather to work, earning money for his high school choir group. WHAT FUN! We left the high school at 6:30 a.m., arriving at the track by 7:30 a.m. Our assigned booth was on the east end on the second floor, selling North Carolina barbecue and iced tea. What an experience to see the track from its early morning pristine condition, practically empty, to watching it swell to 150,000 plus by mid afternoon. We were on our feet for 14 hours straight but I wouldn't have changed a thing.
The people came in and out like the ocean tide to place bets and then hurry back to watch their race. The excitement was overwhelming. You can't begin to describe the feeling of that many people on their feet for such an unbelievable 2 minutes!
What a privilege to represent not only the high school but the great city of Louisville. That was "MY DERBY".