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Kroger employees create the Kentucky Oaks garland

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Derby princesses pose with the Garland of Lilies as workers at Kroger put the finishing touches on. Derby princesses pose with the Garland of Lilies as workers at Kroger put the finishing touches on.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kroger has created the Oaks Garland for the past 24 years, bedecked in lilies for the fillies. 

People lined up at the Kroger in Middletown to see the garland created. 

The garland has more than 140 white Star Fighter Lilies. Each blossom is hand tied down into its own water vial.

"I do the Oaks garland every year," Trina Soldner, a floral designer said. "I've been doing that for 24 years. It feels like an honor. You love to see it get put on the horse and see the winning horse wear it."

It's 20 inches wide and about 10 feet long and weighs about 20 pounds.

"These are going to be California grown," Soldner said. "They are a Star Fighter, so they are a brighter, more vibrant lily. They last longer."

If you want to see the rose garland that'll be created on Friday for the Kentucky Derby, you can see it from 4-11 p.m. at the Kroger in Middletown.

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