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Hopkinsville Art Guild Derby Hat Decorating Party

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze



“The Kentucky Derby is known as 'The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports'”. Betty Vinson shared this thought with ladies at the Hopkinsville Art Gallery, “part southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby Hat Parade is a big part of what makes Derby Day one of the greatest people-watching events in the world.”


Hopkinsville Art Guild hosted a Derby Hat Decorating Party inside the Hopkinsville Art Gallery on 6th Street where participants enjoyed refreshments, and were provided basic hats or headbands, and everything they would need to create their very own, completely unique Derby Hat or Fascinator.



“We are having a party,” Vinson said. “It's just a chance for our friends to come out and have some fun decorating their own Derby Hats. The Kentucky Derby always takes place on the first Saturday in May, so we wanted to host this event in April, that way the hats will be ready to wear to all the upcoming Derby parties. We are expecting about 20 ladies today.”


Included with the $10 ticket was, a selection of hats with different colored bands, an assortment of flowers and other embellishments, and all the tools and materials needed to attach the items.

A beautiful display of hats that had been worn at past Kentucky Derby events offered inspiration. To complete the afternoon in style, Derby Pie was served, another great Kentucky tradition.

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