Hats & Horses - Niagara Derby Day

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Saturday May 5

3:30pm – 7:30pm | Meridian Centre | St. Catharines, ON

Niagara Derby Day

This one-of-a-kind Niagara event takes place on Saturday, May 5th at the Meridian Centre where the community will gather to support three outstanding local charities in honour of the late Jan R. Cook. The Kentucky Derby is one of the most iconic sports and entertainment events in North America. Watched live each year by a crowd of more than 150,000 people at the famed Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, it is host to the big race – the 'Run for the Roses' - the most exciting two minutes in sports. And we are bringing all of the excitement here to Niagara! Be part of the experience as the venue is transformed into a charming southern celebration and help the Derby come to life in Niagara!

What to Expect

Live horse racing will be broadcast during the event as you mix and mingle with your fellow derby fans and enjoy an array of culinary action stations serving appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and sweets. Enjoy live on-site race wagering hosted by Champions Off Track Betting (Woodbine Entertainment Group), music, and prizes for the best dressed party-goers in derby attire. There will also be several bars throughout the floor serving your favourite cocktails including the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep.

All that the Kentucky Derby is.

Just a little further North!

Who Are We Supporting?

The community will gather to support three outstanding local charities in honour of the late Jan R. Cook at this one-of-a-kind Niagara event.

All net proceeds will be donated to support our three local charities.
Family & Children's Services Niagara

FACS Niagara

Proud to be a part of the Niagara community since 1898, Family and Children’s Services is among Niagara’s largest child and family serving organizations. As a multi-service organization, we offer a wide range of programs that protect children, strengthen families and help youth and adults to be the best they can be.

Niagara Children's Centre

Niagara Children's Centre

Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. The family centred programs aim at helping each child achieve their own unique potential so that they can participate in all activities at home, school and in the community.

Community Care

Community Care

Community Care has been serving St. Catharines since 1919. The majority of funding comes from the community at large. With 21 programs and services that address the needs of the most vulnerable, we compassionately provide vital services and assistance to individuals and families that meet their basic needs and help bridge their journey to self-sufficiency. 

Derby Style Fashion Show

One of the highlights of the event will be the live fashion show with a twist - YOU are the stars of the show! And we have some exciting prizes for the winners in the following categories:

Best Dressed Man

Best Dressed Man

$500 Pen Centre gift card.

Best Dressed Woman

Best Dressed Woman

$500 Pen Centre gift card.

Best Dressed Pair

Best Dressed Pair

$500 Pen Centre gift card.

Best Hat

Best Hat

$500 Pen Centre gift card & $150 Beau Chapeau gift card.

Judges will be looking for best derby style - bright colours, coordinated designs, and overall fun & creativity.

What To Wear You Might Ask?

Derby Day is just as much about what you wear as it is about the races. Imagine that you are walking up to Millionaire’s Row in the beautiful state of Kentucky. This is a showcase of the finest spring fashions, and hats are always in style!

For the women

Ladies typically wear spring dresses, pastel-colored suits, or bold separates that coordinate with their Derby headwear and accessories. The Kentucky Derby is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle so take note and don't hold back when planning your derby outfit!

For the men

Gentlemen, this event provides a splendid excuse to get just as dressed up and decked-out as the ladies! The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled colour palette. Sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels steal the limelight. If a polished look is more your style, you can never go wrong with a classic navy or seersucker blazer.

Beau Chapeau Hat Shop

Beau Chapeau Shopping Nights

Mon Apr 23rd & Mon Apr 30th | 7pm-9pm

10% of sales will be donated to our charities.

Woodbine Champions Off Track Betting

On-site Race Wagering

Brought to you by our partners at Woodbine Champions Off Track Betting.

Try your luck, place a wager.

The Pen Centre

Derby Style Fashion Show

Where YOU are the stars!

Prizes for Best Woman / Man / Pair & Best Hat

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