History Cherokee is Off to the Races for the 21st Annual Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser

CANTON, GA (March 5, 2024) – The much-anticipated 21st Annual Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser is set to take place on May 4, 2024, at The Mill on Etowah. Hosted by History Cherokee, this signature event promises an unforgettable day filled with southern charm, thrilling horse racing on the big screen, and a dash of Derby flair.

Tickets for this event are now available for purchase, offering the perfect opportunity to join the festivities while supporting the mission of History Cherokee and the operation of the Cherokee County History Center. Indulge in an afternoon of excitement for a good cause!

History Cherokee Derby Day 2023 / Photo Credit: Jack Tuszynski,,

History Cherokee Derby Day 2023 (Photo Credit: Jack Tuszynski, PhotoJack)

Event Details:

  • Date: May 4, 2024
  • Location: The Mill on Etowah
  • Time: 4:30 p.m.

Ticket Information:

Event Highlights:

  • Hat Contest: Show off your most stylish and creative headwear for a chance to win a prize.
  • Food: Enjoy delectable cuisine catered by Riverstone Corner Bistro.
  • Bourbon Tasting: Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of bourbon with a curated tasting experience.
  • Pony Pull: Can you pick a winner? Try your hand in this unique spin on a 50/50 Derby themed raffle.
  • Mint Juleps: Sip on the classic Southern cocktail, the mint julep, as you soak in the Derby atmosphere.
  • Silent Auction: Bid on a variety of exciting items and experiences, with all proceeds contributing to the success of History Cherokee.
  • Live Screening: Watch the 150th Kentucky Derby live, experiencing the excitement and tradition of this historic race.
History Cherokee Derby Day 2023 / Photo Credit: Jack Tuszynski,,

History Cherokee Derby Day 2023 (Photo Credit: Jack Tuszynski, PhotoJack)

History Cherokee’s tradition of celebrating the Kentucky Derby began in 2004 at the historic Rock Barn as a tribute to the harness racing horses originally raised on the property by Augustus Lee Coggins. Abbedale, the most successful of his horses, is listed in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.

Kentucky Derby Day strives to give guests an afternoon of fun and all that encompasses the famous Run for the Roses. Guests are encouraged to come decked out in their Derby Day finest in spring colors and beautiful Derby hats. This event promises a delightful blend of tradition and entertainment, making it the perfect outing for friends, families, and Derby enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this iconic celebration while supporting the preservation of Cherokee County’s rich history.

In addition to ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Visit to learn more about how you can be a sponsor of History Cherokee’s 21st Annual Kentucky Derby Day.

About History Cherokee

History Cherokee operates the Cherokee County History Center and the Historic Rock Barn. History Cherokee’s mission is the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Cherokee County history.



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