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Councilman Brent Ackerson criticizes the Derby Festival for its decision on Thunder Over Louisville

Thursday February 10, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/56-3622

In view of the decision to charge for seating at this year’s “Thunder over Louisville” event on the Great Lawn at the Waterfront, Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26) has issued the following statement to the Derby Festival:

“Like other members of the Metro Council, I represent people who could easily afford this new cost for admission. But I also serve families for whom this would be a great burden. Our waterfront serves as the People’s Park, a park which their tax dollars helped to build and continues to maintain. And Thunder is one of the signature events during the Kentucky Derby Festival which appeals to nearly everyone. We should not allow Waterfront Park and Thunder Over Louisville to be fenced off, placed out of the economic reach for our citizens, especially when the revenues from the sale of the Pegasus Pins are not going to the public coffers.”

Brent T. Ackerson (D) 26