Friday, May 4, 2012

Boat Race Party

Wednesday evening we joined friends at the Louisville Boat Club for the annual Boat Race Party. One of the events during the Kentucky Derby Festival is the Great Steamboat Race in which the Belle of Louisville takes on another steamboat in a race down the Ohio River. This year, the Belle competed against the Belle of Cincinnati and the American Queen from Memphis. It’s quite a sight to see these boats coming down the river, especially the American Queen which is HUGE.

The kids waving to the American Queen during the Great Steamboat Race 2012.

The Boat Club throws a great party – plenty of food, fun and entertainment.

Enjoying the boat race, trying not to melt in the 91-degree heat. In early May. As a friend of mine in college used to say, "That ain't right."

After this photo was taken, a wake from one of the boats splashed Miss E.'s dress. You would have thought it was the end of all creation.

From inflatable jumpies and face painting for the kids, to good libations and conversation among the adults, a fun time was had by all. The kids were especially thrilled to take what they called “the secret tunnel” under River Road to access the boat docks.

Thanks again to our wonderful friends for inviting us!

Derby is knocking on the door, kids. Do you have a pick in this year’s Run for the Roses?
Images property of JMW A Place to Dwell blog.


Main Line Sportsman said...

Did we wager on this event? Looks like fun...and I like the new header on you page.

JMW said...

MLS, no wagering on this particular event, which the Belle of Louisville always seems to win. Hmmm. In fact, the Belle turned around early while the other boats were still heading up river. Clearly, the hometown girl wins no matter what. ;)

Danielle said...

You all are so cute! I love all the festivities surrounding Derby. I just wish they lasted longer. I guess that's part of the allure though. Have a great weekend!

LM said...

How fun! Glad you all had a good time! I loved going to the Boat Club as a kid. My grandparents have always been members and one of my favorite childhood memories is traveling through the "secret tunnel" with my dad to see the boats and the river after swimming.

About Last Weekend said...

Great pics of you and the fam - that dress looks so fresh on you. Please send some of that hot weather this way. its not hot enough here to wear no sleeves. (In fact I currently have my puffa coat on - inside!)

Ella said...

Oh yes, "About Last Weekend" wrote exactly what I thought: Your dress is wonderful and that hot weather would be perfect here this weekend!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

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Anne said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Hope you had a great weekend:)