Workers put together Garland of Lilies for Oaks 140
As usual, the craft took place at the Middletown Kroger.
It took several hours for the 160 star fighter lilies to be hand-sewn to the satin backing.
Each lily has its own vial of water, and the finished garland weighs about 20 pounds.
Among the impressed spectators, an Illinois woman in town for her first Derby.
"Well worth it, well worth it. Yes, very much. It's beautiful. I've never seen anything like it in my life. It's beautiful. I thought the roses were nice, but I'm not going to say it tops it, but it sure looks good," said Connie Wood, from Bloomington, Illinois.
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 4 p.m Friday.