Winning posters unveiled for Derby celebrations


FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – With the Kentucky Derby just 12 days away, a ceremony took place Monday where the Kentucky Derby Festival and Governor’s Derby Celebration posters were unveiled.

“After a year of pandemic-fueled disruption, we’re gathered here today in the People’s House, the Capitol Rotunda, and I am looking forward to watching the Kentucky Derby in person at the track this year,” said Gov. Andy Beshear, adding, “I will hand out the trophy.”

He took the opportunity to remind Kentuckians of his challenge to have 2.5 million Kentuckians receive at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, at which time he would lift restrictions on most businesses, as well as venues that hold up to 1,000 people.

“If you have not gotten your ‘shot of hope,’ please sign up to do so,” he said.  “This is the way we defeat this pandemic and get back to 100% capacity at the Kentucky Derby and all of its festivities next year.”

The Governor’s Derby Celebration Poster was created by artist Lennon Michalski of Lexington, and can be ordered through the Kentucky Historic Properties website:

Matt Gibson, chairman of the Kentucky Derby Festival, which has produced a month-long series of events leading up to the Derby since 1956, noted, “Our crowds normally will rise to 1.5 million plus, but we couldn’t be doing that safely, so we evolved very quickly.  But just being able to do something this year gives us hope, and is a sign of good things to come.”

The Kentucky Derby Festival poster was created by Andy Perez of Louisville. 

“Sprinkled throughout it are pieces of previous posters, literally,” said Gibson.  “It’s his way to celebrate and honor traditions of the past, while creating something good for the future.”

You can find a link to purchase the Kentucky Derby Festival poster online at


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