The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Ben Steverman - 2013-05-02T19:33:55Z

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Concessions at the Derby 

The classic Kentucky Derby beverage is the mint julep. Traditionally, the mix of mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water is served in a silver or pewter cup, though most modern julep fans get their drink in a mere glass. Levy Restaurants, the catering company at Churchill Downs, estimates that more than 127,000 mint juleps will be served on Derby weekend, along with more than half a million beers. The juleps cost $11, while other alcoholic drinks sell for $5 to $9. Snacks, from French fries to sandwiches and even pizza, are $4 to $8.