Kentucky Derby Celebration Returns to Mohegan Sun Pocono


On Saturday, May 7th, Kentucky Derby enthusiasts and live racing fans can enjoy food trucks, Mint Juleps, Beer specials, a Hat Revue contest and plenty more!

Returning for the first time since 2019 will be the Kentucky Derby Celebration at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (MSP). While the Downs will be open for racing wagers (18 or older) beginning at 10:00am, this much anticipated party really gets started at Noon when outdoor beverage windows and food trucks open. Also beginning at Noon is registration for a Hat Revue where participants will compete to take home great prizes under the categories “Most Classic”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Dressed Couple.” WNEP TV’s Ryan Leckey will be on-hand as the special guest judge for this contest! Live racing at the racetrack begins at 1:30pm. This Kentucky Derby Celebration at MSP does not have an admission fee.

Outdoor beverage windows at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Kentucky Derby Celebration will offer Mint Juleps, Coors Light, Blue Moon, White Claw, spirits, various mixed drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. And three of PA’s best food trucks, Eat Up Now, Hot Potatoes and 2 Wayz One Passion, will be stationed outside for the celebration.

Guests can also bring their greatest Churchill Downs inspired hats for a chance to win great prizes. Registration for the Hat Revue will be from Noon – 4:30pm, and there are three different prizes that guests can win. With WNEP-TV’s Ryan Leckey serving as the special guest judge, a top prize the includes a $500.00 Mohegan Sun Pocono gift card along with a $200.00 racing voucher will be awarded to the Best Dressed Couple. The other two categories are Most Classic and Most Creative, each awarding a $250.00 gift card and a $100.00 racing voucher.

Ryan Leckey is an Emmy-award-winning content creator and one of the most well-known TV personalities in Pennsylvania. Leckey hosts “Leckey Live,” every weekday on WNEP-TV, where he has been since 2005.  In addition to keeping audiences engaged and updated on social media as well, Leckey also heads up “Ryan’s Run,” a charity campaign benefitting children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services Integrated Health System.

At 6:57pm, the Kentucky Derby will begin, televised on the outdoor jumbo screen and indoor racing TV’s. Mohegan Sun Pocono will also be accepting advance wagers for the Kentucky Derby on Friday, May 6th.

The first ever Kentucky Derby took place in 1875, making it the longest running sporting event in the United States. Also known as “The Run for the Roses”, the  popular race features 3-year-old racehorses and has had some incredible moments in its storied history. One of those moments came in 2018, when the Kentucky Derby hosted the first leg of the most recent Triple Crown winner, Justify. The Triple Crown is one of the hardest feats in all of sports, requiring the same horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in the same season. It has only been accomplished 13 times.

For more details on this event, visit: Kentucky Derby Celebration at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, was the first destination to bring gaming to Pennsylvania in 2006 and since then has become one of the premier entertainment, gaming, shopping, and dining destinations in the state. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including nearly 60 live table games, over 1900 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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