21 days and counting

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Most people that work at the Derby Festival office (including my husband) are either counting days to Thunder (11 days away) or Derby (25 days away), but around CurrentMarketing, we count down the days to April 28th.

You may ask: “What is April 28th?”

To some, it is the day of the Run for the Ros̩ or the Pegasus Parade Preview. These are both exciting events that I personally attend, but still are not the reason for the countdown. We have a ton of hard-working crew members who put in countless hours leading up to the exalted day. April 28th is the day the agency sends off the final project out of 300 that get completed in a 3-month span in our shop. This day marks the weight that lifts from these tired but proud bodies and suddenly a burst of energy happens Рjust enough to lift one aching arm to suck down an ice-cold tequila shot, followed by a juicy lime squeeze and a celebratory toast and to the wonderful accomplishments of this amazing team.

There is still much more that needs to be done. 21 days is only three weeks away – a Lifetime in the Festival world.

I am so thankful for this great team that includes the Print Diva (Mel), the famous Dono-Wand (Donovan), our beloved Traffic Pixie (Laura), the Awesome Editor and Voice Talent (Rob), the Media Darlings (Katy, Ashley and Lindsay), the Phenomenal Creative Crew (Cathy, Dennis, Jim and Luke), our Incomparable Power Plant (Lisa), our Fearless Leader (Rick) and last, but certainly not least, my Co-pilot and Leader of the Pack, Jacky-of-all Trades (Jacky).


  • ZZ
    April 12, 2009, 9:29 am  Reply

    Seeing that there are virtually no comments yet, I’ll jump in. It’s appalling that Louisville has stretched a 2-minute horse race into a 2-week, tacky cry for attention. I guess it’s understandable because Derby is one of the few things that are classy and interesting in this rust-belt berg, but it’s still painful to watch local rednecks try to cleave to the event by staging stuff like bed races, a lousy parade and a gaudy fireworks show. I’m glad that the race itself is the only thing that most of the world sees about this, or I’d be embarrassed.

    P.S. the fact that you have comment moderation enabled, and you therefore have no comments, show that most commenters agree with me.

  • April 13, 2009, 8:31 am  Reply

    I think it’s a shame that you are not more proud of your city and its effort to include more of the population in Derby events. Only a small fraction of the population here is able to ever experience the actual Race. I am a native and have lived here for 33 years and have NEVER been to the Derby. That’s why I am so glad to have the opportunity to participate in events like the Derby Festival puts on – it makes me feel like a part of the excitement.

    In addition, I am really proud of KDF on the national festival scene – they win numerous awards every year for the quality of the festival. They have helped to make Louisville what it is today and you should be proud of that too.

    It’s interesting to me that you didn’t use your real name on your comment. Perhaps you are embarrassed by the bigotry you have demonstrated toward people who can only afford to participate in the hype of the Derby through KDF’s events.

  • Carla B
    April 21, 2009, 12:27 pm  Reply

    I have never been to the actual Derby race, but I have been to numerous KDF events. It’s not only something that I enjoyed as a kid, but that I can now share with my daughter and nephews. While the Derby gets the big national coverage, it’s the KDF events that makes me feel like we’re not only celebrating a great tradition, but our great community.

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