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Calling All Derby Fashionistas To Enter The 2017 Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Contest

The Kentucky Derby Museum invites both professionals and amateurs to enter their hats for inclusion in the 2017 It’s My Derby fashion exhibit. The hat contest is a signature element of the exhibition which strives to capture the spirit associated with the landmark sport and cultural event that is the Kentucky Derby.

All hat entries will be judged by an expert panel where 20-25 hats will be selected for display in the Museum exhibit for one year. There will be a ‘Judges’ Choice’ Award for best overall entry and a ‘Most Representative of Derby’ Award, presented to the hat that best captures the essence of the Kentucky Derby, and an ‘Employees’ Choice’ Award.

  • Entries will be accepted through May 31, 2017 during Museum hours only
  • Hats must be delivered or shipped and postmarked May 31, 2017
  • No international entries
  • Museum is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items

For all rules and entry form, visit

For questions, deliveries and shipments contact: Emma Bryan, Curatorial Intern, 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208; 502-637-1111, ext. 259,

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