Join us for the 2022



May 7, 2022
2pm - 6pm



Down & Derby Noco Style

Celebrate the 148th Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as NOCO Unify brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado at our 11th annual Bank of Colorado’s Down & Derby Party, May 7, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Big Red Barn in Highland Meadows. The event benefits charities serving youth in Northern Colorado. This is a 21-and-over event.

Details, Please!

The 2022 Bank of Colorado’s 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 which supports NOCO youth organizations. This year’s primary beneficiaries are: Center for Family Outreach, Northern Colorado Youth for Christ and CASA of Larimer County . This is a 21-and-over event.

All tickets to this must-attend event of the season include the tastiest fare, beverages, games, and, of course, the traditional Mint Julep as your welcome cocktail (or Champagne). 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 2023 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 are always a few surprises. You get the idea, right? It’s just a darn fun time.

This year we have two ticket levels: General Admission (GA) and Gold Patron. In addition to above you receive:

Gold Patron

  • Barn Access: Own private viewing area, own bar, beer, wine and signature cocktail(s)
  • Covered/Barn and patio seating for Gold Patron only
  • Food from Luna’s Tacos & Tequila
  • Derby Dinner
  • Private restrooms in Barn
  • Valet parking


  • Entry to the event and access to the general viewing area
  • Bars stocked with beer, wine and cocktails
  • Derby Dinner
  • Valet parking

On Friday, April 1st, from 9am – 5pm, we will have our annual Advance Ticket Sale Event (ATSE). GA tickets will be offered for $100 this day only (normally $150). Gold Patron tickets will be offered at $150 (normally $200).

After the Event, tickets will be available online at regular prices.

Tickets are regularly $200/person for Gold Patron access and $150/person for GA access. Not only do you get great fun with your ticket, but you are helping support some great kids organizations in Northern Colorado!  The 2019 event sold out so get your tickets early!

This year’s Advance Ticket Sale Event is on Friday, April 1st – from 9am-5pm.   On THIS DAY ONLY you can purchase GA tickets ONLINE for $100 (regularly $150) and Gold Patron for $150 (normally $200).  

The Down & Derby Party has sold out each of the last 7 years.  It is best to buy them in advance!

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, for women, yes, hats are a critical fashion statement.


You bet…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 2022 Sponsor kit.

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.  Thank you Facette Med Spa for sponsoring this year’s Best Hat & Best Dressed Man Contests!

Well, since it is a fundraiser for NOCO Unify, there are great ways for you to help the children. We’ll have raffle tickets for a drawing to the 2023 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 Northern Colorado.  We return to our new favorite location  – The Big Red Barn at Highland Meadows.

There is valet parking at the event and we will have shuttles as well.

Thanks to NOCO Party Bus we will have two pick-up/drop-off locations.  Buses are first-come, first-served. Download a printable schedule.

Down & Derby Shuttle Schedule – 2022

Shuttles From Fort Collins

The Exchange in Old Town – On Pine St.           

Departure 1               1:30p                                                  

Fuzzy’s – On Harmony

Departure 1               1:30p

Buses will start loading at stated times above.  Please be ready.  The trip to the Barn takes 20-25 minutes depending upon pick-up location.    All times are approximate.  Buses will leave when full. 

NOTE: Seating is limited so plan ahead.

 The Exchange: Two buses for 65 people

Fuzzy’s: Three buses for 100 people

 All riders to the Down & Derby Party will be given a return shuttle pass to ensure their ride home.

Each location can handle 65-100 people at a time with two or three buses at each location.  We will have staff on hand to help load and fill the buses.  It is first-come, first-served on the buses.  A Derby representative will be at the venue to assist. All seats will fill up fast.    

The shuttle at The Exchange will pick up on Pine St.  The shuttle at Fuzzy’s will pick up in front of the restaurant.

All shuttles will depart The Big Red Barn for return trip at approximately 6:00p to both Fuzzy’s and The Exchange locations. Please be ready.  There will be no more shuttles after this.

All riders on the initial pick-up will receive a return voucher for their ride home.  Please keep this voucher to ensure your spot on the return bus trip.

Be sure to buy during the Advance Ticket Sales Event to guarantee you spot at the Down & Derby Party.  The ATSE is April 1st from 9a-5pm. Get your Gold Patron tickets for $150 (normally $200) this day only.  GA Tickets will be $100 (normally $150).  Reduced ticket sales will go online from 9am-5pm on April 1st.  After the ATSE is over tickets will go full price.  BUY TICKETS »

The event is a “rain or shine” unless there is a potential public emergency.  There are no refunds as this is a non-profit event to raise funds for child-based organizations in NOCO.

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Who Benefits?

We are proud to announce this year’s primary beneficiaries: Center for Family Outreach, Northern Colorado Youth for Christ, and CASA of Larimer County.

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MAY 7, 2022  | 2PM-6PM


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