Tourism panel to keep Derby breakfast free

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The Frankfort Tourism Commission will foot the food bill for the governor's Derby breakfast, which will return to downtown Frankfort this May despite state budget constraints.

Patti Porter, of the state Department of Travel, said during a Capital Development Committee meeting on Wednesday the popular Derby day event is going to be held this year.

The development committee, which consists of city, county, state and business representatives, meets quarterly to discuss the progress of development in Frankfort and Franklin County. The committee, which is not funded and has no regulatory powers, took the place of the Capital Plaza Authority that was appointed by the governor during the development of the Capital Plaza.

The committee also learned a possible expansion is planned for the civic center and heard progress reports on the new Transportation Cabinet building and the renovation of the Old Governor's Mansion.

As for the Derby breakfast, the event's traditional free breakfast and festivities will continue, but alterations have been made to the menu, Porter said. The name has been changed to the "Governor's Derby Day Celebration."

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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