The Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC) will host The Down & Derby Fest in honor of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby from 4-7 p.m. May 5 at The Market Shops.

The festival will feature “Derby Fare” from local restaurants and everything from a mint julep to an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown. Get lost in the infield with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang as they serenade guests with their southern rock melodies. Live viewing of Kentucky Derby will take place at 5 p.m.

Dress to impress in Kentucky Derby attire to win prizes for Most Elegant Hat, Most Creative Hat, Best Fascinator, Biggest Hat, Most Colorful Hat, Best Bowtie, and Best Dressed “Colt and Filly.”

The festival will offer an extravagant VIP experience at Bijoux Destin where guests can enjoy complimentary valet parking by 30A Valet, a premium viewing area for the most exciting two minutes in sports, a private bourbon presentation by Timber Creek Distillery and each VIP guest will receive a commemorative 144th Derby glass in their swag bag.

Tickets are on sale for $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. A limited number of VIP tickets are available in advance for $100. Additional services charges and fees may apply.

“There is truly something for everyone at this event,” said President-Elect Katie Fuentes. “Bourbon enthusiasts, fashion aficionados, live entertainment, sports fanatics, and Emerald Coast foodies … we have it all.”

The Junior League of the Emerald Coast Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLEC's purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.