Hats, Mint Juleps, and more: How you can get a taste of the KY Derby in the U.P


FILE – In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first against Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Citing unidentified sources close to the race, the Courier-Journal of Louisville said Churchill Downs will postpone the Derby from May 2, 2020, to Sept. 5, making it the first time in 75 years that the race won’t be run on the first Saturday in May. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

MARQUETTE, Mich (WJMN) – Looking to get a taste of the Run for the Roses despite the 700-mile distance from Churchill Downs? Louisville native and Local 3’s own Haley Schoengart found some places in the Upper Peninsula that are bringing a little piece of the Kentucky Derby traditions up north.

Island Resort and Casino – Harris, Mi

  • April 30 and May 1
  • TwinSpires giveaways
  • Food and Drink specials

Marquette Golf Club – Marquette, Mi

  • May 1st, 4 pm – 8 pm
  • $3.50 Mint Juleps
  • $8 Hot Brown Sandwich
  • Best hat contents for both men and women

Copper Country #404 Elks Lodge – Calumet, Mi

  • May 1st, 4 pm
  • Wear your best Derby attire
  • Serving finger foods
  • Derby/horse themed games

Nutters Sports Bar – Powers, Mi

  • Drink specials all-day
  • $50 cash prize for the best hat or bow tie

The Chippewa Club – Iron Mountain, Mi

  • May 1st
  • 5 pm table cocktail service and 6:30 pm dinner service
  • Derby attire suggested
  • Limited seating available
  • To make reservations call (906) 774-0434

Winchester’s Whiskey & Bourbon Room – Mackinac Island, Mi

  • April 30 and May 1
  • Drink and food specials

Luigi’s Bar Calumet – Calumet, Mi

  • May 1, 1 pm
  • Best hat contest

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