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B and W Speciality House Inc., Lou., Ky.
For two weeks prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Derby Festival Association sponsors the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Festival ran from 1935-37 and after an almost 20 year hiatus, restarted again in 1956. Activities include an air show, a fireworks display, a hot-air balloon race, a steamboat race, a parade, both a marathon and mini-marathon, and the basketball classic. One of the long time traditions of the festival includes the Royal Court where the official “queen” is selected by the spin of a wheel.