Pequot Library hosts sixth annual Derby Day fund-raiser

The Great Lawn and the Auditorium of Pequot Library will be home to “The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports!” Saturday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Patrons can celebrate the running of the 141st Kentucky Derby with big hats, fast horses, mint juleps, and traditional southern fare. All proceeds help support Pequot Library’s programs and community services. The event starts on the Great Lawn and convenes in the Auditorium to watch the race. Rare books from Pequot’s Special Collections focusing on Kentucky also will be on view.

Kentucky Derby history tells us that 141 years ago, the race leading up to what is now the Run for the Roses was a fund-raiser for the purpose of raising money to build quality racing facilities. Today, Pequot Library continues that drama and excitement with a fundraiser for the purpose of raising money to help bring literature, music, art, science, and the humanities to our community.

All tickets include open bar and Kentucky fare. Individual tickets are $60. Derby Day co-chair, Jane Michener says, “It’s the best deal in town! Where else can you get a full southern feast plus an afternoon of mint juleps for $60?” Tailgate tickets, at $300, include four individual tickets and special 3 p.m. entrance. Both Tailgate and Individual ticket prices increase after April 24.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 15.

Fancy cars and fancy hats during the tailgate portion of Pequot Library’s 2013 Derby Day fund-raiser on the Library’s Great Lawn.

Fancy cars and fancy hats during the tailgate portion of Pequot Library’s 2013 Derby Day fund-raiser on the Library’s Great Lawn.

A variety of fancy hats keep the Kentucky Derby theme during Pequot Library’s 2013 Derby Day library fund-raiser.

A variety of fancy hats keep the Kentucky Derby theme during Pequot Library’s 2013 Derby Day library fund-raiser.

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Two friends of Pequot Library don fun chapeaus keeping in the Kentucky Derby theme of “big hats” at Pequot Library’s 2013 Derby Day fund-raiser.

Two friends of Pequot Library don fun chapeaus keeping in the Kentucky Derby theme of “big hats” at Pequot Library’s 2013 Derby Day fund-raiser.

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