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Rain in the Derby forecast -- are you prepared?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- What will you do if it rains on Derby day?

WDRB set out to talk to some locals who have good advice.

They say part of being prepared also means being informed.

For example, no umbrellas are allowed inside Churchill Downs, so you might need a poncho.

Susan Salome grew up in Louisville and has been to the Derby several times.

Rain or shine, she's got it all figured out.

"I have different dresses, plus different colored rain boots, plus different colored shoes, depending on the day," said Salome.

And she doesn't mind sharing some of her secrets with those of us who've never been and are wondering just how we're going to fit everything in a 12-inch purse.

"I'm taking a ribbon and tying my flip flops on the outside of my purse so I don't have to use up room in a small purse for my flip flops because you have to have flip flops," she said.

Aside from those tangible items, most told WDRB that a positive attitude is the most important thing you can possibly take with you to Churchill Downs.

"You can't have umbrellas this year so that's okay. We'll make the best of it with a rain coat. No problem. It comes but once a year and we Kentuckians are so fortunate to have this great event. There's no event for the thoroughbred industry like this I guess anywhere," Keith Cupp told WDRB.

If it does rain, you shouldn't have any problem finding something to cover yourself.

WDRB found Garry Smith just four blocks from Churchill. He sells a variety of items, ponchos included.

"We usually get a hundred of them and sell them out when it's raining," said Smith.

If you can't find them on your way in, you can buy whatever you need on the inside.

John Asher with Churchill Downs says they're ready to supply the masses.

"We'll do our best to have ponchos and we know people will have trash bags to try and keep warm and watch those shoes and those pretty hats on Derby day. You've got to be careful with those," said Asher.

In years past, folks have embraced the weather even if that means getting a little muddy.

"That's part of the charm of Derby. No matter what, you're here and you get through it," said Asher.

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