Wynonna Rocks the Stage at the Kentucky Derby Fillies & Lilies Party

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Tue, May 6, 2014 @ 13:05 PM

On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party, presented by Derby Experiences, was held in the Kentucky Derby Museum! A small, intimate crowd gathered amidst the exhibits and honors that flood the walls of the museum to hear a private performance by Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise!

Directly after the Kentucky Oaks race on Friday, guests attending the Fillies & Lilies Party were invited to exit Churchill Downs through Gate 1 (the main entrance) and to reenter through the Kentucky Derby Museum attached to Churchill Downs.

Once inside, guests were invited to walk the purple carpet and to take their picture with the Fillies & Lilies step-and-repeat just like the celebrities in attendance. Wynonna even came out to meet a few fans, sign autographs and take pictures directly after sound check before heading to her dressing room to prepare for the performance.

After guests had their pictures taken, they entered the main floor of the Kentucky Derby Museum through the “starting gate” exhibit Churchill had staged for guests to see. Then, the “oooohs” and “ahhhhs” could be heard.

The Fillies & Lilies décor was astounding, receiving the praise from the crowd! Tables filled the main floor and balcony area upstairs covered in purple and white linens. An array of heavy hors d’oeuvres was displayed with the main focal point being the large ice sculpture holding chilled shrimp.

Various open bars filled the space for guests to enjoy, including a bonus bourbon lounge on the second floor of the Museum. Guests were invited to taste a variety of samples while lounging on the comfortable couches and enjoying each others company.

Celebrities such as Nichole Galicia, model and actress from Django Unchained, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Olivia Rene, Jackie Bob, Lauren Williams and Mia Greenhouse, and Magician Matthew Furman were also in attendance to meet guests and take pictures.

And then it was time…

As the clock ticked closer to 9:30 p.m., guests began to crowd the oval room in the center of the museum to listen to Wynonna’s band play, and suddenly she was there! Wynonna hit the stage opening with “Tell Me Why” and the crowds went wild!

Because of the size of the oval room including the overhang for the upstairs crowd, the performance was incredibly intimate, allowing Wynonna to converse and share her passion with the fans.

After playing quite a few numbers and hitting everyone’s favorites, Wynonna bid her guests farewell as the first annual Fillies & Lilies was coming to a close.

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Fillies & Lilies Party was a fantastic way to celebrate the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby and Derby Experiences can’t wait to bring the house down again next year!

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How can I attend the 2015 Fillies & Lilies Party?

Fillies and Lilies Derby ExperiencesThe second annual Fillies & Lilies Party is already in the works and is scheduled to be held on May 1 (the eve of the Kentucky Derby) in the Kentucky Derby Museum! The great news? YOU can be there!

Derby Experiences is prepared to once again fill the evening with exciting cuisine, complimentary drinks and live entertainment. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Get more information today on how you can attend the 2015 Fillies & Lilies Party with Derby Experiences today!

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