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Kentucky Derby Museum honors "The Infield" in new exhibit

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The Kentucky Derby Museum gives visitors a taste of the wild and zany atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby Infield with its newest exhibit: THE INFIELD: The Most Festive 26 Acres In Sports. The exhibit runs through December 31, 2013.

"The Infield" exhibit showcases the fun and enthusiasm that infield fans share during the races on the first Saturday in May. It features life-size cut-outs for photo-ops to immerse you in the infield experience. Hosting guests since the first Derby in 1875, the Infield has just as much history as the races themselves.

With more than 80,000 visitors on Kentucky Derby day, the Infield has a tradition of partying where anything can happen, and sometimes does.

From the rowdy college crowd to fun-seekers from around the globe, the Infield has something to offer everyone who walks through the famed tunnel under the track.

The exhibit walks you through a day in the life of an infielder, beginning with the sights and sounds of the famous tunnel.

Traditionally, the Infield offers two perspectives. The Third Turn Party, where young collegiate-aged rookies and Louisville veterans create the all-out-crazy party that is the Kentucky Derby Infield. On the opposite end, Turn One offers a family-like picnic setting, great for all ages, far different from the Third Turn crowd.

In between lies a vast sea of people with their territories roped off, wearing their best Derby attire with their beverage of choice in hand. Stop & read the stories of legends and lore from Infield regulars.

The infield has a rich history. When Louisville won the bid to host the first Kentucky State Fair in 1902, Churchill Downs was the only suitable place. The racetrack welcomed 75,000 fairgoers during the six-day event. Appropriately, several horse shows were among the featured events, as well as steam auto races and the head-on collision of two freight trains.

Find these fun facts & more when you take a trip through our "Infield".

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