My Favorite Time Of Year

It’s here again.  The time of year that brings the locals outside and makes them a little crazy.  The time of year that brings about a beautiful harmony of erotic aromas wafting through the air and wondrous splashes of cold liquid hitting plastic cups across the Waterfront.  Yep. It’s Derby Time!

Bring on the bands, bring out the corn dogs and ribbon fries and the beer gardens  – open that Chow Wagon up for business!

Chow Wagon
My beautiful friends Kelly and Abby. We usually chow together.  This was the 2010 chow and balloon glow.

The Kentucky Derby Festival does such a great job every year getting the city of Louisville excited for the greatest two minutes in sports.  From fireworks to live music to bed races to balloon glows, we’ve got it all.  It’s fantastically fun.

This past weekend was Thunder Over Louisville.  The jets were flying over downtown all throughout the week.  And every time I heard them rumble, telling me they were about to fly by, I got butterflies.  I was out of town for the big event but that’s okay because Thunder is not my cup of tea – too many sunburned (aka unhappy) people in a limited squared foot area.  I’ve been twice, I won’t be thrice.  But I do look forward to what follows: the Chow Wagon.

Rows and rows of fair food vendors: fried everythings, gyros, Mike Lennings fish and onion rings.  A nook filled with folks slinging brews and, the past couple years, tents filled with bourbon.  Stages house local bands, playing covers and crooning out their own songs.  I love the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, these people I like.  Laid back, there to embrace a relaxing, good time, to visit with friends and family and maybe do a little clogging.

It’s open on April 26th through Derby – come find me if you’re on the Waterfront!

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April 23, 2012 - 11:22 am

SBaker - I live vicariously through you so don’t let me down on all the chow wagon/derby goodness! Mike Lennings and a beer are calling my name…

April 24, 2012 - 9:05 am

katie ohhhhhhhhh! - This looks like a blast. Eating and hot air balloons? Sign me up.

April 24, 2012 - 2:47 pm

J. Smith - And PIE! DELICIOUS PIE. And lemon shake ups and fried pickles and kizito cookie lady and …oh man… I freaking love Derby!

May 4, 2012 - 9:58 am

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