HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (5/2/14) — A group of Pride Elementary School students painted a Derby-themed canvas that will adorn a picnic table on Saturday, May 3, as part of the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration.

The blankets, distributed to schools by the Kentucky Arts Council in early April, have become a celebrated tradition since the project started five years ago, with hundreds of students participating each year. Ranging from fun and whimsical to intricate and detailed, the finished "Derby blankets" are placed atop picnic tables that have been converted into "horses" with an attached head and tail.

"The Derby blanket project is not only a great way to incorporate arts education into the classroom, but also a fun way for students to participate in Derby festivities," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The children are always very proud of the finished canvases on display at the Governor's celebration."

The Pride students who took part are involved in the school’s after-school club, Courtyard of Curiosity. They are among students from 54 Kentucky classrooms who participated.


Fifth-grader Rebekah Calhoun created the sketch that was selected for Pride’s design. Other participants were Kaitlyn Adams, Evan Carlton, Amaris Defatte, Gracie Enoch, Alexis Fuson, Madison Gipson, Sasha Hall, Abby Hibbs, Tytiana Johnson, Abbey Martin, Madyson Martin, Kierra Mitchell, Jaiden Pierpont, Emma Peyton, Keyshanti Stafford, Jasmine Stricker, Sydney Scott, Gabriel Vancleve, Jack Wagner and Kendall Warren.

The Governor's Derby Celebration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 in downtown Frankfort.

The Derby blankets, coordinated by the arts council on behalf of Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, will be on picnic tables on the Old State Capitol lawn.

View photos of the Derby blankets on the Kentucky Arts Council's Facebook page.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Lori Harrison

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4203

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3537

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3370

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2928

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2840

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15600

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8498

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 05, 2015 1804

School Board Studies Further Spending Cuts

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1541

Alleged Littering Leads to Drug Arrest

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1519

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 979

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 953

Women ‘Get the Message’ at River Ministry Banquet

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 779

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 611

Dawson Springs Police Reports for Monday, May 4,…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 522

Outstanding Students at MCC Recognized

by Joyce Riggs
May 04, 2015 445

Muhlenberg Christens Supreme Sports Complex

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News