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Kentucky Derby 2017 Festival

May 6, 2017


Louisville, Kentucky - Churchill Downs woke up to a wet race track after several days of soaking.  Despite the conditions, the course seemed to hold enough consistency to support the race field for the "Run for the Roses". It was truly a day for the "mudders" at the track and the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby; odds makers were changing the betting odds up until the start of the race.

Some 75 people joined us in Occoquan, Virginia for the enjoyment of the crowd and watching the race. Fresh barbecue pork, chicken and hot dogs made up the main menu for the day. A select stock of Kentucky Bourbons, some 25 year-old stock was made available for the patrons of the day.

Wounded from Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia made up the larger portion of the wounded warriors, with a few from Walter Reed in Bethesda rounding out the population. The popular musical group, "Carter Farm Band" entertained the crowd with popular tunes that seem to have everyone enjoying themselves. Chuck Wilson, outgoing commander of the VFW, called the event and day a successful time for all veterans.


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