Hats & Horses Kentucky Derby Party Brings Fun to Iron Fish Distillery

Dinner, music, horses, hats—all at the Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville.

The second annual Hats & Horses Kentucky Derby Party is sure to be a good time for a good cause on May 5.

Proceeds go to the Benzie Area Zonta Club college scholarships program for area high school students.

One ticket buys two adult beverages, a southern pig roast dinner, dessert, an entry into a 50/50 raffle, and much more.

There will be a live horse race—plus betting while watching the Kentucky on T.V.

You can barn dance your way to live music by the Bootstrap Boys and compete in a hat and bowtie contest.

Or entertain yourself with yard games and a bonfire.

Taylor Salonen, of the Iron Fish Distillery, says they are all for promoting events that help support the community.

“This is our second annual race and we are going all-out this year,” she says. “This is an event to get the community together and have a good time.”

It also happens to be the Zonta Club’s biggest event of the year.

“Zonta is an international organization and we promote the status of women, so basically our local club we focus on the women in Benzie County,” says Rachel Koenig. “We give out a lot of scholarships to girls going out to college, mothers going off to school.”

To purchase tickets for the May 5 event, go to Iron Fish Distillery’s store website here. They are limited and cost $50.

Participants are restricted to age 21 and over, but there are also designated driver tickets available for $35.

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