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Second Derby Day Saturday
Derby decorators
Fancy Fascinators (front, from left) Karina Zidon, Lidia Sigwarth, (back) Rebecca Parker, Kyla Lorenzen, Norenne Masbruch, and Susan Chace tried some prospective Derby designs at the Platteville Public Library Monday. Derby Day will feature a Best Dressed Contest. - photo by Photo by John F. Dutcher

The Platteville Regional Chamber’s Business Promotions Committee is partnering with Nick Pease, owner of Nick’s Bar on Second Street and The Local Beer and Spirits on West Main Street to bring the second annual Derby Day to downtown Platteville Saturday.  

This event will take place during National Tourism Week this week.

The event will take place in the parking lots south of the Platteville Police Department.  Gates will open at noon.  

Derby Day will conclude with singer/songwriter Adam Hood, whose songs have been covered by such acts as Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Hood will be preceded by Adam Bartels from 1 to 3 p.m., Michael Alexander and Big Whiskey from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Mighty Wheelhouse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

The all-horse parade will take place at 3 p.m. with the route from Oak Street at Main Street north to Mineral Street, then Mineral Street to Fourth Street, to Main Street and back to Oak Street.  A parade registration form is available at the chamber office and online at  

The parade will be followed at 3:30 p.m. by games, auctions, the Derby Day Best Dressed contest with cash prizes at 4:30 p.m., and a big-screen showing of the Kentucky Derby. The chamber will be hosting a food stand featuring brats, hot dogs and walking tacos from noon to 5 p.m.

This event is geared for adults 21 and older. Tickets are $30 at the gate ($20 in advance) and available at Nick’s Bar and the Platteville Regional Chamber office.

National Tourism Week events include a hospitality breakfast for Tri-State chamber members at the Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel & Conference Center Thursday morning, and a Wisconsin and Illinois Familiarization Tour Friday.