Bank of Colorado's 2023 Down & Derby Party
May 6th, 2pm - 6pm
The Big Red Barn at Highland Meadows


Down &
Derby Party

2024 Derby Details Coming Soon!


the 149th Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as NOCO Unify brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado with a live feed of the actual race, bringing all the action to you!


The Details:

Join us in partaking in America’s oldest and greatest race. The Down & Derby Party celebrates all the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby. It just happens to do it Colorado-style. This must-attend event of the season includes 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 2024 Kentucky Derby. Live music, dancing and other shenanigans will make you smile all day long. The Facette Medspa hat contest is always a fun time. Oh, and there are always a few surprises.

This is a 21-and-over event.


On Friday, March 31st, from 9am – 5pm, we will have our annual Advance Ticket Sale (ATSE). 
GA tickets will be offered at $125 this day only (normally $150). VIP tickets will be offered at $225 this day only (normally $250). 
After this event, tickets will be available for purchase online at regular prices. 
VIP – $250.00 
  • Barn access: own private viewing area, own bar, beer, wine, and signature cocktail(s) 
  • Covered barn and patio seating for VIP only 
  • Derby Dinner – Sponsored by Sonny Lubick’s, Luna’s Tacos, and Jay’s Bistro 
  • Private restrooms in barn 
  • Valet parking 
  • Two Select Colorado Rockies Tickets courtesy of the Bank of Colorado

General Admission (GA) – $150.00 
  • Entry to event and access to general viewing area 
  • Bars stocked with beer, wine, and cocktails 
  • Derby Dinner – Sponsored by Brothers BBQ
  • Valet parking 

This year’s Advance Ticket Sale Event is on Friday, March 31st – from 9am-5pm.

On THIS DAY ONLY you can purchase GA tickets ONLINE for $125 (regularly $150) and VIP for $225 (normally $250).

The Down & Derby Party has sold out each of the last 8 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.

We’d be glad to have you! If you’re interested in being a bigger piece of the puzzle, please visit our website’s Derby Sponsorship Options  for sponsorship details/availability or contact Keller Taylor at  

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.  

If you drive, there is valet parking at the event. Just follow the signs. If you ride share, there will be a drop/pick-up lane for you.

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.

Since this 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 2024 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. 


Who Benefits?

All event proceeds go to benefit NOCO Unify which supports NOCO youth organizations. We are excited to announce that this year’s primary beneficiaries are: The Matthews House, Greeley Weld Habitat for Humanity, and ChildSafe.

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The Big Red Barn at Highland Meadows

6300 Highland Meadows Pkwy, Windsor, CO 80550

You don’t want to miss this party!

Thank you to our Sponsors