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May, 05 2012 - Denver Derby Party - A Colorado Tradition

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At least 4,500 people attended the Derby Party in Denver on Saturday--the largest Kentucky Derby party in the US outside of the actual event in Kentucky. Mike, Kim,Brooke & Margo Neveen, Ulmona, Michelle & Ricky Christina Dillon with Joshua Johnson
John & Devon Carr with Tom Briggs and Brian Higgins Brad & Whitney Varner with Natalie Thompson & Patrick Schwab Behatted ladies posing for a photo! Bree Engles, Megan Gayle & Lyndsey Geiger
Michelle Howington was a showstopper! Brittany Ash & Morgan Lawton Brittany Ash, Paul Engle & Morgan Lawton McKenzie Barensen was one of the gorgeous Jockey Club Promo Girls.
Gail & Jay Edwards with Erin & Justin Bodien Michael Ditchfield of Jing Restaurant, William McReynolds, Irene Zimmer and Brent Harl Girls took a lot of time to create their special hats for Derby Day. Michael Horton & Kyle Cervi
Getting the "magic wristband" Walt Galloway & Erica Besler with Micah Davidson & Jessica Beck Katia Demchenko Mike Rive & Jeff Aguila
Posing and looking so elegant... Megan Finnegan with Abby Biegler Elliot & David. Elliott can you see okay? "Hi Mom! I'm having a wonderful time...
"We're beautiful and ready to enjoy the party!" Beautiful flowers helped contribute to the myriad of colors Roses, roses roses! What a way to combine the Kentucky Derby with Cinco de Mayo!
Cyndy Everett Cyndy Everett on the far right with friends Denver police on horses kept an eye on the area around the event. What's a Derby party without a good horse?
"It's a hat kinda' day..." The shoes were as spectacular as the hats! Amy's sunny sunflower hat Great looking Derby girls enjoying champagne and wine
Larry & Amy Kirshenbaum Front: Melissa Warren & Audrey Schauer - Back Row: Tom Sahagun & Mike Windermere helped promote their sponsorships. Char Stunkel & Theresa Hall of Expand-a-Sign USA did all the great banners for The Derby Party. Nothing was keeping this young lady from the Denver Derby!
A finalist in red! Several finalists in the best hat contest Which hat will be the judges' favorite? They all look like winners!
Dayle & Nick discuss their next move. "Let's announce the runners up!" Runner up Renee Jelinek in the hot pink hat Contestant Michelle Howington, second to the left, was a crowd pleaser!
A perfect derby girl finalist from Colorado Springs "Double Dee" one of the finalists in the Nordstrom Hat Contest "Why are we down here and not up on stage in the contest?" The hat finalists congratulate each other.
"It's been a great day even if we didn't win!" Plenty of gents in bowties were in the throng.. Allison Healy the winner of the hat contest takes a bow. Allison is presented with the "Run for the Roses" winner's wreath.
Dalye and Nick talk about the Sean Lough Scholarship winner, Sandra Carrillo, and her accomplishments. The proud Carrillo family Sandra Carrillo is the worthy recipient of the 2012 Sean "Ranch" Lough Memorial Scholarship. The entire Carrillo family watches the moving video about their super star Sandra.
The winner of the Nordstrom Hat Contest, Allison Healy, on her way out. Check out those peacock feathers! A family shot... Joey Sudmeier is "the man in plaid." Kretice Crowson has played an instrumental role as one of the event planners of The Denver Derby party for years.
Kretice Crowson in a model-worthy pose Maigen Anderson, left, with Mark Barger and Sonja Davenport Bill and Kristen Carroll, left, Sharon Shergill, Roger Arora, Craig Schlagbaum and Alison Bergamo Toni Edinger, left, Adrian Fowler, Brooke Laskey, Shayna Hirsekorn, Peyton Popp, Elizabeth Caviness and Sarah Keepers
Leslie Pugh, left, Holly Kreider and Lindsay Hay Catherine O'Keefe, left, Jenny Sustade, Crystal Jones, Julie Baner, Kristen Brooks Mike Woodward, left, Molly Lacy, John Lacy, David Diaz, Monique Diaz, Kelly Woodward Dawn and Alex Rangel, left, Jodi Sullivan and Shane Garman
Queen City Jazz Band helped keep spirits up during Derby Day. A prime example of hard work and talent with crafts. Renee Jelinek, left, Catrena Rosentreader and Theresa Preston Dayle Cedars returned this year as co-emcee, with Nick Mystrom, here showing his push-up prowess
Nick Mystrom and Dayle Cedars returned as emcees Gina and Jesse Belich Jennifer and George DuBois, left, with Brad Hansen William Lisk with Ashley Harvey
Scott and Karen Jansen, left, with George and Jennifer DuBois Lawrence from Japoix was busy serving up great dishes for the Jockey Club section of the event. Jeremy Lynch with Amanda Stoeckel The crowd was into dancing
Judges Stanton Barrett of NASCAR fame, left, Cassie Roberts with Soybu, skiier Chris Anthony and Nordstrom GM Dan Jones Nick displays his "downward dog" yoga pose for the judges Contestants on stage for the hat contest Contestants vamp it up on stage
There were even a couple of male contestants for the hat contest this year. Here's one doing the Tebow pose! Finalists in the hat contest on stage There were some exquisite works of art in hats. Finalists get ready to hear the winners.
Allison Healy displays the peacock hat that ultimately won her the competition Second place winner Renee Jelinek came all the way from Wyoming to compete Allison Healy reacts to the announcement that she is the winner of the hat contest. Allison Healy shows off her exquisite winning hat
Nick Mystrom gives winner Allison Healy a kiss Renee Jelinek on stage as second place winner Allison Healy, winner of the hat contest "And they're off!"
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