It’s that time of year again…
Mint is being muddled for the famed, renowned juleps, beautifully adorned hats are in the final stages of their makings and masses of people are making their way to Louisville because (drum roll, please)…it’s Kentucky Derby time!
That’s right, nowadays marks the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, which is being held at Churchill Downs in Derby City.
But while the races themselves might be the main event, they’re not the only attraction bringing people in each year.
The Kentucky Derby is known for celebrity sightings, fashion statements and, of course, the famed, renowned mint juleps—the official drink of the event.
In fact, nearly 1,000 pounds of mint is needed to construct the whopping 120,000 drinks people consume at the Derby each year.
As for the Derby’s other claim to fame? The hats, of course! nearly 90% of women don unique, over-the-top hats for the race. On average, Derby hats costs anywhere from $300-$500.
This year, we can’t wait to see what stars like Katie Couric and Anna Nicole Smith‘s daughter Dannielynn Birkhead—who has attended seven years in a row with her father, Larry Birkhead—will wear this year!
Learn more fun facts approximately the numbers behind the derby by launching the video above!