This Saturday, May 3rd, Churchill Downs will host the fastest two minutes in sport — The Kentucky Derby! The race will be broadcast on NBC with coverage starting at 4:00 pm Eastern time (remember- that’s 1:00 for the west coast!). Great food, fun drinks, and loads of tradition make this an excellent excuse to host a Kentucky Derby party! We’ve posted loads of fun Kentucky Derby party ideas on our main website that can help you plan, decorate, and play some fun Derby related games. We also have a whole page dedicated to some great Kentucky Derby recipes, including instructions for making Derby pie and a wicked mint julep.
Now we’ve added a few more ideas for Derby day, including some free Kentucky Derby party printables and the printable lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home” so you and your guests can sing along with the anthem of the day.
Make your party a little more unique with these free printable Kentucky Derby labels. Click on the image links below to get the printable versions of each.
Ever since 1930, and possibly a few years even before that, the song “My Old Kentucky Home” has been played at the Derby as the horses are led onto the track, amidst much fanfare and cheering. Click here for the printable lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home” so you and your party guests can sing along with the revelers at Churchill Downs.
By Stephen Foster
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor
All merry, all happy and bright;
By’n by hard times comes a knocking at the door
Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night!
Weep no more my lady. Oh! Weep no more today!
We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home
For the old Kentucky home, far away.
For more information on the Kentucky Derby, including information about the event, the horses and jockeys in the race, and much more, be sure to check out kentuckyderby.com.
Happy Derby Day!