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The Kentucky Derby has always been popular among horse junkies, but it seems more popular than ever with the lay public.

Even in my own town of Green Bay, there appeared to be at least a few Derby-related events. (I think these were almost exclusively excuses for women to wear giant hats, but I can’t be sure.)

The event calls for the best in Coastie and Southern fashion: Seersucker, bright colors, bow ties, boat shoes, GTH (Go To Hell) pants, shades, and of course, hats.

The 2024 Run for the Roses had quite a few celebrity spottings – even though it was competing with the F1 Grand Prix in Miami.

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Churchill Downs – Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been a fixture at the derby for a few years now, always with pals AJ Hawk and David Bakhtiari in tow.

This year, the gang ditched the seersucker for colorful ensembles. With Rodgers’ gold get-up, one can’t help but think he was dreaming of touchdown after touchdown in the upcoming season.

Rodgers needs to work on his shoe game, which AJ Hawk nailed.

Kansas City Chiefs superstar Travis Kelce showed up in an appropriately fashionable white pinstripe suit with a perfectly contrasting hat. Conspicuously missing was his megastar girlfriend Taylor Swift, who is probably the most famous person on the planet at the moment.

Kelce also ran into late night comedian Jimmy Fallon, likewise in a lighter suit, but rocking a contrasting collar shirt. (He also appears to be holding some kind of animal, which is always great.)

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Becky Lynch’s Reflection

WWE Superstar Becky Lynch showed up in a wild iridescent/mirrored outfit. Shades of Lady Gaga maybe?

It’s a little disorienting looking at the reflections in her hat, which must have been more intense in person!

She was there with fellow Superstar Seth Rollins, who knew the assignment in his orange suit and multi-color striped tie.

Travis Tritt, Kid Rock, and Doug E. Fresh Rock Out

If you were expecting the event to go off without an impromptu, eclectic concert from Kid Rock, you were wrong.

He was joined by country legend Travis Tritt and hip-hop artist Doug E. Fresh to drop some tunes, including Rock’s hit song, “All Summer Long.”

Normally, one would have to pay big bucks to get in the door with these guys!

Kentucky Derby Superfan Warren Moon

NFL legend Warren Moon is a derby junkie – he has been to 22 events and counting.

He joined Kay Adams before the race to talk about the race’s 150th anniversary and why he loves the horses so much.

Many and more attended the 150th Run for the Roses – always a great time!

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