History Cherokee Celebrates 18th Annual Kentucky Derby Day

History Cherokee is hosting its 18th Annual Kentucky Derby Day at the Mill on Etowah on Saturday, May 1. This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization supporting educational programming and historic preservation efforts throughout Cherokee county. The event will feature gourmet food provided by Old Country Place, specialty cocktails, silent auction, bourbon tasting, and hat parade and contest in conjunction with the 147th Running of the Kentucky Derby shown on the screen at the amphitheater of the Mill on Etowah.

This is the first year the annual event will not take place at History Cherokee’s Historic Rock Barn. The decision to move the event to a new location was one not taken lightly. “After last year’s event was postponed and later cancelled due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, we knew we wanted to utilize the Mill on Etowah as this year’s location because this event has significantly grown over the past 17 years.” Stated Stefanie Joyner, Executive Director of History Cherokee. “We hope by having this event outdoors, under tents, and at the Mill on Etowah, we will be able to safely celebrate together again after a year apart.”

Face coverings are strongly encouraged for all attendees and social distancing precautions will be in practice.

Tickets are $75 and available for purchase at or by calling 770.345.3288. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.