3 Ways to Meet Celebrities at the 2014 Kentucky Derby

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 @ 16:03 PM

After the Kentucky Derby, tabloid magazines and social media platforms are flooded with images of all the Hollywood stars that visited Churchill Downs. Headlines of celebrities walking the carpet and attending parties and functions are all we see. Through these images we get to see what it would be like to attend one of the biggest sporting events of the year as a VIP, while remaining unable to fathom celebrity status.

Well, this year, you’re going to meet celebrities at the 140th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby! How? You’ll be at the right place at the right time with your own VIP status to grant you access!

So, take a look at these three ways to meet celebrities at the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

1. Spend Oaks and Derby Days in the Sunny’s Halo Lounge Rooftop Party Deck

Imagine this. You’re preparing to watch the 2014 Kentucky Derby with an elevated view of the starting line and final stretch from the brand new grandstand. You’ve just enjoyed the complimentary gourmet fare and premium open bar inside the Sunny’s Halo Lounge Rooftop Party Deck, all the while mingling with model and actress Nichole Galicia (starred in Django Unchained), Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Mackenzie Weeks, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse, and our celebrity jockey!

Sounds like a picture perfect Kentucky Derby Day, right? Well, with Derby Experiences Official Grandstand Blue Party Packages that’s exactly what your experience will be like!

Because Official Ticket Packages are direct from Churchill Downs, you’ll also receive all of the exclusive amenities that come from booking with an official partner, such as tickets to both Oaks and Derby race days, access to the Sunny’s Halo Lounge on both days, and optional accommodations and transportation!

Not to mention, with this ticket package, you’ll also receive an invitation to the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party! 

Meet Celebrities in Sunny's Halo Lounge! 

2. Get Access to the Fillies & Lilies Party

Like previously mentioned, you can get access to Derby Experiences Fillies & Lilies Party with an Official Grandstand Blue Party Package, or if you already have ticket packages to the Oaks and Derby, you can get access a la carte!

So what celeb sightings are expected at the Fillies & Lilies Party? Well, let’s start with the featured entertainment. Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise will be performing LIVE! You don’t want to miss the chance to hear this five-time Grammy winner perform in her home state and the “Run for the Roses!”

Throughout the party, you’ll enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon lounge and an open bar while you dance the night away! Magician Matthew Furman will also be in attendance to shock you with his mind illusions and tricks.

What other celebrities will be at the party? Nichole Galicia and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! It’s not everyday that you can say you attended one of the biggest parties of the year with the stars! 

Go to the Fillies & Lilies Party! 

3. Experience the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby in the Affirmed Lounge

The Rooftop Party Lounge not your forte? Don’t worry, that’s not the only place there are guaranteed Hollywood stars at the Kentucky Derby!

You can attend with the Derby with Grandstand Orange Official Ticket Packages with access inside the Affirmed Lounge! Here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a celebrity jockey and listen to American Idol® winner, Elise Testone, perform live!

Think about it! You’ll enjoy great views of the track from your seat in the stands, and you’ll prepare for the running of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby by enjoying complimentary beer and wine, an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch and live wagering tellers! All the while enjoying Testone’s performance! 

Attend the Derby in the Affirmed Lounge 

Orange Grandstand Taste of Derby Package

Want Affirmed Lounge access and want to meet even more celebrities? You can select the Orange Grandstand Package to include the Taste of Derby party on Thursday! You’ll spend the evening tasting delectable dishes from popular horse racing destinations across the country created by Masterful Chefs!

Plus, the entire time you’ll be mingling with Hollywood stars and horse racing celebrities! Think it can’t get any better? Think twice!

Partial proceeds from the Taste of Derby go to benefit hunger relief organizations, so you’ll be benefiting a great cause! 

Go to the Taste of Derby! 

Make Me a VIP at the 2014 Kentucky Derby!

We thought you’d never ask! If you’re going to check the Kentucky Derby off your bucket list, it’s best to “go big or go home!” Plus, once you attend the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with the celebrities, as a celebrity, you’ll never want to be an ordinary fan in the stands!

May 2 will be here before you know it, so visit our website or call 1-888-384-7088 to start your VIP Kentucky Derby experience today!

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