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Fans' enthusiasm not dampened by rain

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby draws fans from all over.

"I'm drinking a mint julep," said Connor Galvin, who traveled to the Derby from Philadelphia with friends.

Despite the rain, crowds packed Churchill Downs long before the 139th Run for the Roses. Inside, good eats and good fashion created a recipe for a good time that not even Mother Nature could damper.

"It's unfortunate that the rain was coming down I was hoping for a nice day but at the same time it doesn't matter," said Galvin.

Many fans came up with creative ways to beat the rain, even transforming ponchos into tents to keep dry.

"Rather than destroying my five hundred dollar hat and putting it in a bag, I decided to wear the bag," said Jamye R., a California native.

Rain or shine, most fans said they'll be coming back next year.

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