KDF Great Steamboat Race

On May 3, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati took to the Ohio to race down the river in this beloved Kentucky Derby Festival tradition. Though Louisville’s eponymous representative wasn’t triumphant in the race, guests aboard the Belle of Louisville enjoyed the competition while sipping Four Roses Bourbon and listening to live music.

Photos by Tim Valentino.

  • Chuck Hoffman, UK Wildcat and Austin Hertzler.

  • Jill Bell with Belle of Louisville Captains, Mike Fitzgerald (83-01), Kevin Mullen (01-07) and Mark Doty (08-current).

  • Jeff English, Natasha Collins and Gary Stinson.

  • Erin Jones, Treva Brockman, Renee and Michael Zamperini and Mike Maloney.

  • Captain Drew Cedarholm, Mayor Greg Fischer and Captain Nicholas Lukaszewski.

  • Don Crisp hauling in the line.

  • Blake and Lee Ferguson.

  • Eric Wright and Graham Young.

  • Julie Gorham, Mary Bertuca and Cathy Welch.

  • Jeff English, Lisa Stevenson, Stacey Robinson and Mike Berry.

  • J.D. Shelburne and Amy Whitham.

  • and Stacey Robinson.

  • Linda and Joe Schaaf, Virginia Starr, Deb Fenneran, Sherry Petchauer and Tony Lantrip.

  • Angela McCormick Bisig, Becky Lamb, Carolyn Nichon and Marti Hazel.

  • Louisville Cardinal and UK Wildcat sandwiching Mike Berry.

  • Tiffany and Alfred Wimsett.

  • Tammy Van Hove, Vicki Majorowicz, Jackie Olson and Deb Garry from Rochester, MN.

  • Kim McCarty and Andrea Armstrong.

  • Dr. Shawn and Kim McCarty and Andrea and Robert Armstrong.

  • Jon Drake and Kelsey Holmes.

  • Jon and Wynter Rupp and Micah Chandler.

  • Ken Luther and Rebecca Tamas.

  • Mike Ellis and Tony Head.

  • Robbie and Laci Wilkerson.

  • Adam Wantland and Madison Cardosi.

  • Jeff and Bridgett Minjard.

  • Julie Peabody, Kitty-O Whitt, Linda Weber, Pam Sanders, Stacy Baum, Alison W. and Sonia Wine.

  • Norma and Keith Pendleton.

  • Sue Lancaster, Elaine Medley, Mary Hagar and Mary Chism.

  • Kevin Harned, Martha Gibbs and Greg Schapker.

  • Taylor Marchelle Young, Natalie Brown, Kailee Barnes, Sidney Cobb, Daphne Woolridge, Tim Marcom and Jamie Rhodes.

  • Shannon Atkins, Tim Marcum and Cindy Lewandowski.

  • Emma Lamoureaux, Donna Scott, Shannon Lamoureaux and Paula Kagerstem.

  • Valerie Sinclair, Katy Christoferson and Jason Raggard.

  • Amanda Simpson and Jacob Harris.

  • U of L Cardinal.

  • Dianne Wisman.

  • Stacey and Dan Hallahan and Sabrina Hackett.

  • Ann Mudd, John Klarer and Leslie Mudd.

  • Stacy Baum and Sonia Wine.

  • Charlie and Danielle Archer.

  • Danielle and Charlie Archer and Karen Dunn.

  • Ed and Bernadette Hamilton.