LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Dozens of people had a firsthand look at something that will take center stage with the winner of Friday's Kentucky Oaks.

Workers at the Middletown Kroger spent several hours crafting the Garland of Lilies for the Fillies Thursday night.  They tied 160 star fighter lilies to the satin backing by hand.

Each lily has its own vial of water, and the finished garland weighs about 20 pounds.

Kroger Floral Manager Trina Gilpin explains, "This one we've been putting together for 23 years.  Churchill Downs asked us to create one for this race."

Olivia Sells, who came to see the garland being created, said, "I think it's really interesting to see since it's such a big part of the Oaks and Derby.  I think it's just really interesting to see it up close."

The garland will be delivered to Churchill Downs early Friday morning.  They'll start work on the Garland of Roses for the Kentucky Derby at four Friday afternoon.

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