The run for the roses wasn't the only event that called out the public in their finest hats Saturday afternoon. Downtown Marietta was in on the fun with their first ever Marietta Derby Trot.
"The Marietta Derby Trot! It's our first try," says manager of Sorelle of Marietta, Suzi Hendricks. "We have four businesses involved in it. Top Drawer Furniture, Sorelle of Marietta, Twisted Sisters Boutique, and Marietta Brewing Company."
As is custom at the Kentucky Derby, hats were a big part of the Marietta Derby Trot celebration as well. Sorelle's hosted a hat competition which awarded the biggest, prettiest and craziest hats with prizes. Also a part of the Trot, stick horse racing, a barber shop quartet, deeply discounted products, and a party to wrap things up at the brewing company.
Participants in the derby say none of this would be possible if the downtown area weren't such a tight knit community.
"Everyone has been very welcoming of us in the downtown area," says Dana Styer, part-owner of the Marietta Brewing Company. "So, whenever another business wants to do something we are definitely open to it. And all the other businesses in downtown are the same way."
Other participants say it's a great event that will help boost local business.
"It's been a lot of fun," says Jennifer Phillips, manager of Twisted Sisters Boutique. "It's great to have everyone come together just to have fun and support your local businesses."
Organizers say they hope to see the event grow every year.