Sat May 6, 2023 Versailles, KY 40383 US


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Photos from the 2022 Kenpuppy Derby


Start Derby Day off with the most exciting race of all: the Waddle for the Roses! Eight adoptable puppies will don their silks and hit the turf for their shot at glory. Place bets, play games, compete for fanciest hat, and of course take in the race!
The best part? You'll still have plenty of time to get ready for that *other* derby, so you can enjoy both!
The Kenpuppy Derby is a family-friendly affair with fun and games for both puppy lovers AND horse lovers! For $5 per person you can take part in any or all of our derby day activities - or come just to watch the race for free. Activities in gold are included with your $5 pass; red items cost a little extra. 


Meet your adoptable racers! Check out their style, feistiness, and energy level for important betting purposes; pet and snuggle them for joy purposes. Puppies will be hot walking with their Animal Care Provider buddies from the Adoption Center up until the 11:30 post time. 


Alright, you got's not really a high-stakes affair. But you can still win a little something! Place your trifecta bet for $3; if you correctly guess the first three finishers in the right order, you'll win a gift card to your choice of Starbucks, Target, or Amazon! NEW this year: up your odds and make it a trifecta box for $5! Guess the top three finishers in ANY order to win the prize!


Break out your finest Derby Day headwear. Is it stylish? Elaborate? Classy? Silly? Insane? We wanna see it! We will proudly present the winner with a comically large ribbon and a photo op with the fastest puppy in the Winners' Circle. The hat contest kicks off at 11:00 am. 


For the Kids (and Childish Adults): Find the puppy with pink silks? Check off a bingo box! Place a bet? Check off a bingo box! Make a Derby hat? Check off a bingo box! We'll have a treasure chest of prizes to pick from when you check off a whole line!


For the Kids (and Childish Adults): Choose your pool noodle pony and satisfy your need for speed! Run as many races as you like - they'll be available throughout the event, except for during the Derby itself. 


Take a pic with your favorite racers, show off your Derby hat, strike a pose with your winning stick horse...the possibilities are endless! Our automatic photo booth lets you send your photos right to your phone. 


For the Kids (and Childish Adults): Forgot your derby hat? We can fix that with the magic of arts and crafts! Sparkles, ribbons, glitter, feathers, and more await. Go nuts!


For the Kids (and Childish Adults): Put your creativity to the test and design and color your own puppy silks! Our puppies stuck with solid colors, but you don't have to - let your imagination run wild!


Pick up your Kenpuppy Derby t-shirt(s) and browse our other merch offerings! 


Katie's Happy Hotdogs will be back!


The racers are in the house! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see important updates, including "morning workouts" and other adorable chaos! 


QUESTION: When and where?

ANSWER: Saturday, May 6 - the event starts at 10:00 am, the race is at 11:30 am, we'll be wrapped up by noon. Location is Falling Springs Park, look for us in the paddock next to the Huffman Pavilion!

QUESTION: Can I bring my dog? 

ANSWER: Please leave your dog at home for this one! With 8 puppies running around, we want to avoid any unnecessary health risks. 

QUESTION: How much does it cost? 

ANSWER: $5 per person to take part in the games and activities - $3 per trifecta "bet," or $5 to up your odds and make it a trifecta box - FREE if you just wanna watch! Cash, check, and all major credit cards accepted. 

QUESTION: Can I bring a chair?

ANSWER: Absolutely! If you want to post up on the sidelines of the race track and chill, you are welcome to bring a camping chair with you. 

QUESTION: Will there be snacks?! 

ANSWER: Yes! Katie's Happy Hotdogs will be slinging dogs (and veggie dogs!) during the event

QUESTION: Can I buy a t-shirt at the race? 

ANSWER: Yes - but! - we only have a limited number of shirts for sale. So if your heart is set on one, visit the retail table early. If you want to make sure you get one, put in a pre-order before April 14. 

QUESTION: I already bought a t-shirt. Where's my t-shirt? 

ANSWER: We'll have pre-ordered shirts waiting for you at the Kenpuppy Derby! If you can't attend, you can collect your shirt at the Adoption Center during regular business hours anytime before the end of May. 

QUESTION: Can I take home one of those puppies?!

ANSWER: The puppies will only be available for adoption AFTER the event is over. Appointments are currently required for all adoptions; we will begin booking appointments for the Kenpuppy Derby racers at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 6. Call the Adoption Center at that time to get on the schedule!

PRE-ORDER NOW! Ends 4/14!

Pre-orders are closed! If you ordered, you can pick up your shirt at the Kenpuppy Derby; if you didn't order, we'll have a limited number of extra shirts available for purchase! 


275 Beasley Road
Versailles, KY US 40383

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