FRANKFORT — The streets are blocked off and there are foot races for children and the Pedal for the Posies, “the second most exciting two minutes in sports,” according to Stuart Harrod, who conceived the idea of the race and owns the Folk Bike Recyclery in downtown Frankfort.
As he does most years, former Gov. Paul Patton showed up, with his wife Judi at his side and this time wearing a hand-carved wooden hat. He casually walked along the street greeting old friends and reporters who stopped by to say hello.
The Derby Train, carrying friends of the administration, economic development prospects and donors to the governor’s campaign funds slowly pulled through downtown as the people on the street stood aside or took photos and those inside waived to the crowd.
It lacks the statewide appeal of the Derby Breakfast and it lacks the glamour and excitement of the Derby. But for many in Frankfort and nearby, it’s the best way they know to enjoy Derby Day without the expense and fuss.
Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at email@example.com. Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cnhifrankfort.