Attendees at the Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass event.
A preview of items for sale at the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.
A server at the Kentucky Derby Museum Gala.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One night before opening night of the Churchill Downs spring meet, many events leading up to the Run for the Roses took place. In fact, there were so many events there was not enough time to attend them all.
Things started early with art and libations at a Commonwealth trifecta - The Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass event, big fundraiser for the Legal Aid Society.
"It's great to come out and taste a little bit of the best of Kentucky, meet your colleagues and support the community," said Jeff Been, executive director of the Legal Aid Society.
The event is also a preview party for this weekend's Cherokee Triangle Art Fair where the white tents have taken over the Highlands. Fran Ferrell's hand torched glass jewelry has been a hot seller for six years. She can't wait for what should be huge crowds Saturday and Sunday.
"Everybody's in a good mood thank goodness and the sun's out," said a smiling Ferrell, "it's warm and the flowers are out and so it's just a great time of year."
Fancy attire and festive servers were all the rage at the sold out 28th annual Derby Museum Gala. Kathy Cox, the gala chair, explained why this year the event wasn't under a tent.
"We decided to have the whole event inside the museum where it started," said Cox. "We used to do this 28 years ago here so we came back to the museum."
Across town big names in the game, like Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, were at the first ever Gallop Gala at the Henry Clay which benefits and celebrates the clients of Down Syndrome of Louisville.
"Just having a ball as everyone is dressed up and coming out to a very special function for a very special cause and it's just great to see everybody here and having a good time," said Day.
For more of a family affair the always popular and gorgeous balloon glow was the ticket for thousands. A huge crowd descended on the Kentucky Expo Center as the balloons lit up the night sky.