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Kentucky Derby Festival in full swing with several events planned for this weekend

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With a ribbon cutting, Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront was open, and will continue every day through Oaks Day. With a ribbon cutting, Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront was open, and will continue every day through Oaks Day.
Vendors are setting up for the two day expo. Vendors are setting up for the two day expo.
The Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing with several events today and this weekend. The Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing with several events today and this weekend.
There are hot air balloon events for the next three days. It starts with the Great Balloon Glimmer, then on Friday, the Rush Hour Race and the Balloon Glow. There are hot air balloon events for the next three days. It starts with the Great Balloon Glimmer, then on Friday, the Rush Hour Race and the Balloon Glow.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --The Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing with several events today and this weekend.

At the Waterfront on Thursday afternoon, crews were getting ready for the Balloon Glimmer. If you don't come tonight, you'll still have three more chances to see the balloons.

With a ribbon cutting, Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront was open, and will continue every day through Oaks Day.

"The chow wagon has always been a tradition since the 1970's," said Mike Berry, president of the Kentucky Derby Festival. "For nine years now, we have expanded that into Kroger's Fest-a-Ville, covering a larger area and really more activities."

People came out for lunch for their fried fix of funnel cakes and fried chips.

Others are getting ready to run 26.2 or 13.1 miles for the marathon and mini this Saturday.

Vendors are setting up for the two day expo.

"We have runners from all 50 states, so we've really worked hard past couple of years to go out to other races to recruit runners, so where we used to be a really local race, we now see runners from all over the country come in," said Jennifer Morgan, the KDF merchandising manager.

Eighteen-thousand runners are registered. About 44 percent are from out of town.

The race is sold out, but you can still get a charity bib for $125. Two-hundred and fifty of them are available.

John Zeydel is the first in line, planning to wait a few hours to get a charity bib.

"I hadn't run a marathon since I was in my 20's," said John Zeydel. "I'm 53 now and just decided it was time to do it again."

There are hot air balloon events for the next three days. It starts with the Great Balloon Glimmer, then on Friday, the Rush Hour Race and the Balloon Glow.

Saturday morning is the Great Balloon Race and the marathon and mini with rain in the forecast.

"Rain or shine, we are running on Saturday," said Morgan. "There will be some challenges with the rain, it seems like, but we don't anticipate anything that is going to delay us. Obviously we are not planning on canceling."

The Balloon Glimmer starts at 8:30 tonight.

KDF says it's held later in the evenings because winds die down after sunset.

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