This weekend, there are a ton of events planned for Kentucky Derby lovers who can't make it out to Louisville for the race.
First, race fans can catch all the action in Downtown Blacksburg on Saturday at the first ever Horsehoes & Hats: A Kentucky Derby Casino Night. There will be casino games, food, drinks, as well as a fancy hat and best dressed gents contests. It all kicks at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m.
Horse racing fans can also have plenty of fun in the Star City. On Saturday, 202 Market is holding its 4th Annual Derby Party. There will be a fancy hat parade and contest, professional photos shot on a red carpet, and much more. Tickets are $10 per person or $18 per couple if you buy ahead of time. All of the proceeds go to support Unbridled Change - a local equine therapy facility.
Big hats, seersucker suits and mint juleps will also take over the Rockledge Mansion on Saturday for the 5th annual Derby Day Gala. Tickets are $100, but the event is for a good cause. The gala raises money for the Mill Mountain Zoo as well as the Culinary Institute at Virginia Western Community College. Cocktails will be served at 4:30 p.m., with post time at 6:00 p.m.