LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thurby celebrates the best of Kentucky including culture, food and racing.

WDRB’s Keith Kaiser got a look at Thurby preparations at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby have become so popular for out of town guests locals have a hard time visiting the track Derby week. The Thursday before the first Saturday in May has grown in popularity. A few years back, Thurby was born allowing the party to start earlier. This year, Churchill Downs will manage smaller crowds due to COVID-19 protocols but still help guests enjoy themselves.

For the 2021 Thurby, all tickets will include food and non-alcoholic beverages. Due to social distancing, General Admission will be sold as a first floor box seat or bleacher seating. Reserved advanced tickets cost $60. Limited General Admission tickets with no seat will be sold day of event for only $40 at the Ticket Office only.

Event Highlights: Live performances from Kentucky native Ben Sollee from the Pagoda, 11 Thoroughbred races, Sip and Eat Kentucky Inspired Cuisine and Trivia on the Big Board.

Gates open at 11:30 on Thurby morning.

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