Saturday was the 2nd Marietta Derby Trot.
Local vendors and store owners open their doors and participate in events to get people downtown. Many restaurants have Kentucky favorites on the menu, and don't forget the classic derby drink...a mint julep.
It's fun way to drum up support for local small businesses.
"We try to make it so that it's fun for the whole family if they want to make a day of it. Spend a couple hours. They can meander up and down Front Street, Butler Street, and Second Street and they can enjoy seeing what all the stores do have to offer. There's still thriving businesses downtown that really need the support of the community," says Twisted Sisters Boutique Manager Suzi Hendrickson.
They hope to make this an annual event downtown with more vendors participating each year.
Throw on a hat and dress the part. Downtown Marietta will be hosting it's own small town version of the Kentucky Derby with the Marietta Derby Trot.
Nearly thirty restaurants and shops will be participating with contests, specials, and entertainment. Many shops are open nine to five but some restaurants have extended hours.
This year the event is being organized by Twisted Sisters and Top Drawer Furniture.
Anyone attending can meet Mallory from ReStore Marietta at Pocket Park (directly across from Twisted Sister), she will have information on the day and events.
Marietta Derby Trot Schedule of Events
7:00 am -3:00 pm Old Town Bakery Derby Pie $2.00 per slice
10:00 am-10:00 pm The Galley/Adelphia Special Menu
11:00:am The Lafayette/lounge Special Menu
11:00: am The Marietta Brewing Company Special Menu
3:00-5:00 Town House Derby Drink Special
10:00-5:00 Over the Moon Pizzeria Free samples Margarita pie
STICK HORSE RACING
11:00 AM Twisted Sisters Boutique Stick Horse Race
11:15 AM Marietta Brewing Company Stick Horse Race
12:00 PM Top Drawer Stick Horse Race
12:30 Boys & Girls club @ 181 Front St Stick Horse Race
1:00 SWAGG Stick Horse Race
12:00 pm-4:00 pm John Rossi Art Race Horse Art contest
1:30-2:30 River City Tattoos Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
1:00 PM Putnam Chocolates Best hat
1:30 PM Teri Ann's Best Hat
2:30 The Cook's Shop Best Handmade, Most Humorous, Best Overall
3:00 SWAGG Funkiest hat
3:30 Over the Moon Pizzeria Best Hat
5:00 PM The Lafayette Hotel/Lounge Best Hat
9:00-5:00 Guess the winning Kentucky Derby Horse at following merchants:
Change of A Dress, Rossi Pasta, Twisted Sisters Boutique,
Baker & Baker Jewelers, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Marietta Adventure Co.
American Flags & Poles, Over the Moon Pizzeria, Top Drawer,
Dad's Primitive Workbench, The Galley, Marietta Brewing Co.,
The Lafayette Hotel, A Unique Flower & Gift Shop, SWAGG,
9:00-5:00 The Gallery-Guess Candy in Jar, Timed word search
9:00-5:00 Twisted Sisters Boutique-Jockey for a day photos, refreshments
9:00-5:00 A Change of a Dress- Kentucky Derby hats for sale
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30,4:30 My Favorite Things-Pin the horse's nose on the Finish Line
10:00-4:30 Merle Norman-Best kiss on horse
10:00-5:00 American Flags & Poles-Pink Pony Rides
10:00-4:00 Baker & Baker Jewelers-Give aways on the hour every hour
10:00-5:00 Top Drawer-25% off to anyone wearing a decorative hat,
Top Drawer-Hat display, Mint Juleps, Bourbon Balls
12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15 A Unique Flower & Gift Shop-"Winner's Circle" horseshoe toss,
A Unique Flower & Gift Shop-Chocolate Fountain, Horse d'oeuvers
5:00 PM The Adelphia-Run for the Roses relay race.
11:30-12:30 Jessica's Dance Company 181 Front St
3:00-5:00 Town House. Easy listening music by Willie
7:00 PM The Adelphia Larkin Poe and Apollo Sinatra
10:00 PM The Marietta Brewing Company, Sacra Via