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Program 1616

1. Dave's First Trip to the Derby
2. Our Town—Campbellsville
3. Latonia Racetrack
4. Bluegrass Fashion

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Jefferson County

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Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: Jason Robinson, Matt Hogencamp
Audio: Noel Depp
Editor: Dan Taulbee
Editor/QC: Kelly Campbell

Dave's First Trip to the Derby

Derby Debut

Dave Shuffett has been to a lot of places, but until 2010, the Kentucky Derby wasn't one of them. Come along with us as Dave takes in the ultimate Kentucky experience.

The Kentucky Derby began in 1875, but horse racing in Louisville goes back farther than that. In 1783 races were held on Market Street downtown. In the 1870s, Col. M. Lewis Clark raised funds for a new track south of downtown, built on property leased from his uncles, John and Henry Churchill. Opening day was May 17, 1875, and the featured race was the first Kentucky Derby.

The 21st century Kentucky Derby is much more than a horse race, of course. Dave explores the infield, Millionaires Row, the fashions and the betting scene. Along the way he gets a few opinions on who will win, sees a few celebrities, and talks to some of the folks gathered to see the fastest two minutes in sports.

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Taylor County

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Taylor County Tourist Commission

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Our Town—Campbellsville

We travel to Taylor County next to visit Campbellsville. This small city is known for its university, its cherry furniture, and Green River Lake State Park.

Campbellsville University offers dozens of undergraduate programs as well as preprofessional and graduate degrees. Its Division of Natural Science is developing the Clay Hill Memorial Forest as a regional center for environmental education and research.

Many Kentucky residents take pride in their cherry furniture manufactured in Campbellsville. The city is also home to Campbellsville Industries, which makes church steeples, crosses and cupolas.

Green River Lake offers fishing, camping, miniature golf and more. The 8,200-acre lake is stocked with white, largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky bass, bluegill, crappie, and muskie.

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Kenton County

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• A brief history of Latonia can be found on the Turfway Park website.

Producer: Tom Bickel
Videographer: Dave Dampier
Audio:Roger Tremaine

Latonia Racetrack

Old Latonia

Before the Kentucky Derby came to dominate Thoroughbred racing, there was Old Latonia and the mile and a half Latonia Derby.

Old Latonia opened in 1883 on Winston Avenue in Latonia in Kenton County. Highly regarded in the racing world, the track in its heyday drew more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Through the 1920s, the Latonia Derby was the leading horse race in Kentucky. Many Kentucky Derby winners ran at Latonia, which offered the richest purses in racing. The top jockeys could be found there, making it an enticing opportunity for a teen-age Eddie Arcaro, who was hired as a horse exerciser at Latonia for 75 cents a day.

Latonia fell on hard times during the Depression, and the last day of races was July 29, 1939. In 1942 the property was sold to Standard Oil of Ohio and closed. Year later in 1959 Latonia was reincarnated in a new location in Florence. In 1986 that racetrack became today's Turfway Park.

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Fayette County

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Lexington Fashion Collaborative

Producer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
Videographers: Brandon Wickey, Jason Robinson, John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp

Lexington Fashion Collaborative

Kentucky Couture

When you think of the arts in Lexington, visual arts, theater, dance, and music come to mind. The Lexington Fashion Collaborative, however, is hoping to bring "wearable art" to the forefront of the city's arts scene.

This group of fashion-minded people—designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, and models—have joined together to organize fashion events to showcase local talent. Founder Soreyda Benedit-Begley, a fashion designer and community activist, is originally from Honduras and has lived in Lexington for almost 11 years. Co-chair Sara Jane Estes is a fashion designer for the Bluegrass Fashion House and a student at the University of Kentucky.

Join us as we follow the collaborative on a photo shoot at Lexington's Kentucky Theatre and a Gallery Hop event. The collaborative is in the midst of planning its Third Annual Future of Fashion Show this May, which they believe will be the biggest fashion event ever held in Kentucky.

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