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WS Chamber to host Kentucky Derby watch party


Officials with the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce announce the upcoming Talk Derby to Me  Kentucky Derby party, to be held at 4:30 p.m. May 4 in the upstairs meeting room in the Ferguson Building in downtown Willow Springs.

The event will include a livestream of the Kentucky Derby race as well as a catered dinner by Pizza Americana. The menu will include pulled pork or pulled chicken, or vegan alternative; mashed potatoes; corn and green beans; garden salad with dressing; rolls with butter; and assorted dessert pizzas.

A contest for the best dress and best Derby hat includes categories of best hat; cutest couple; Dapper Can, best-dressed man; and Southern Belle, best-dressed woman.

A 50/50 giveaway drawing will be held on the horse winner.

The evening will conclude with a silent auction and a live auction. Live auction items confirmed to date will include a luxury suite for 18 people at a Springfield Cardinals game, donated by Bailey Chevrolet; two nights at Granny B’s Cabin at River Resorts on the Eleven Point River, donated by River Resorts, Thomasville; and a year membership for two adults to Dogwood Canyon. More items will be announced as they’re known.

Tickets to the party are available online at wschamber.net or in person at the Willow Springs Chamber Office, 120 W. Main St. in Willow Springs.