Lighter, yet still lively

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Smack in the middle of St. Clair Street, the a capella quartet Chords of Chorus belted out Hi Neighbor and Wild Irish Rose to an audience of Derby Breakfast-goers offering requests.

People strolling the historic grounds of the Old Capitol could hear Sara Day Evans singing Sheryl Crowe as they passed by.

Cloggers clicked their heels and did a little synchronized toe-tapping on down Broadway, across from the Kentucky History Center, and the state's first couple joined the Thornhill dancers for a mid-morning sashay in the Cralle-Day Gardens.

All in all, at least 15,000 people were estimated to have visited the Governor's Derby Celebration on Saturday, said city Parks and Recreation Director Steve Brooks.

The event was scaled down this year because of a venue change and state budget constraints. The menu no longer included the traditional eggs, grits, country ham and biscuits, which were replaced with muffins, Danish, coffee, juice and fruit.

But if the guests had complaints, they were hard to come by.

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