NOCO Unify Down and Derby Party

May 7, 2016 2pm-6pm.

At the Island at Water Valley

Celebrate the 142nd Kentucky Derby, the most exciting two minutes in sports, as NOCO Unify (formerly NOCO 20/30) brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado at the annual Down & Derby Party, May 7, 2016 from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Island at Water Valley. The event benefits charities serving youth in Northern Colorado. This is a 21 and over event.


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What is the Down & Derby Party?

The Down & Derby Party celebrates all the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby. It just happens to do it Colorado-style. A live-feed of the actual race brings the action to you from the world’s most exciting two minutes in sports!  Event proceeds go to benefit NOCO Unify.  This year their primary beneficiaries are: Turning Point, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center, & Book Trust. This is a 21 and over event.

What do I get with my ticket purchase?

Tickets to this must-attend event of the season include the tastiest of Southern fare, beverages, bourbon tasting, and, of course, the traditional Mint Julep. Tickets for the Run for the Roses Raffle, available for purchase at the event, make you eligible to win a variety of tremendous prize packages, including a trip to Louisville for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Live music, dancing and other shenanigans will make you smile all day long. The hat contest is always a fun time. Oh, and there is always a few surprises. You get the idea, right? It’s just a darn fun time. Buy Tickets Now!

How much are tickets?

Tickets are $100 per person (buy here). Not only do you get great fun with your ticket, but you are helping support some great kids organizations in NOCO!  Thank you.

What is the ticket release party (aka Advance Ticket Event) and Hat Exchange?

This year’s Advance Ticket Event date will be Sunday, April 12th from 2p-5p at The Summit.  On this DAY ONLY you can purchase tickets for $80 compared to the regular $100 price.

This year we will also have a Hat Exchange event alongside the Advance Ticket Event.  Here you can find hats that you may purchase through a donation to NOCO Unify.  You’ll get your hat and ticket all at one time!  Plus, we’ll even buy you a drink for your participation!  For more info click Here

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Doubtful. It has sold out the past few years. Get your tickets in advance to ensure you are here. Buy Tickets Now!

What do I wear?

We’d like to encourage you to wear your best Derby duds. Don’t know what those are? Take a look at the pictures. Of course we’ll take you if you don’t want to get all Derby dudded-up, but give it a try. And, women, yes, hats are a critical fashion statement.

I'd like to do more. Can I sponsor the event?

You bet… Here’s our Day Of Sponsorship opportunities. We’d be glad to have you! Or, if you’re interested in being a bigger piece of the puzzle, here is the NoCo Unify 2015 Sponsor kit.

What's the LPR Construction Hat Contest?

Of course, no Kentucky Derby event could be complete without a tribute to proudly worn, traditional, ostentatious headwear. The Best Hat Contest will honor the finest chapeau donned at the party – the bigger and more flamboyant, the better.  And, we thank our friends at LPR Construction for proudly sponsoring this event.  It’s good to know the guys in hard hats have such a soft heart!  In need of a great hat?  Try NOCO’s own Cynthia Lee, winner of several official Kentucky Derby hat contests.  Even better, Cynthia has donated a hat as the prize for this year’s lucky winner.

What else should I know?

Well, since it is a fundraiser for NOCO Unify, there’s great ways for you to help the children. We’ll have raffle tickets for a drawing to the 2016 Kentucky Derby to see it live. There’s an auction for you to bid on great prizes. We are here to raise much needed funds for underprivileged kids in NOCO.

Where do I park?

There’s a huge parking lot at the venue.

Where is the venue?
Do you provide transportation?

We have shuttles and drivers to get you home!  Trunk Drivers would love to take you home.  They get reserved fast so call and schedule your ride today.  They’ll bring you home in your own car!  Additionally, we will have shuttle services provided by SuperShuttle and ExecuCar available. SuperShuttle will pick up passengers just west of CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery downtown or at Ryan’s Sports Grill on Harmony Road. Pick up times are 1:15 and 2:15. Return trip times will be 5:15 and 6:15. (Print Shuttle Schedule here.) Private charter service is also available. For more information, visit


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