Grab your hats, and place your bets - you’re invited to Mt Hood Center’s very first Kentucky Derby Party!
If you're looking for a derby party near Portland, look no further - Mt Hood Center events are located between Gresham and Sandy, only 20 miles from downtown Portland, and makes for a perfect day trip to celebrate the 148th Run of the Roses. Join us on derby day for a fun afternoon of derby races in the main arena, live music by Norman Sylvester, derby fare, mint juleps, and a livestream of the 148th Kentucky Derby. We’ll be giving out a prize to the individual with the most show stopping hat, so come dressed in your derby best with southern inspired attire, big hats, and bow ties!
During the party you’ll find:
a derby scavenger hunt
derby races with local riders
& photo opportunities
This event will take place May 7th in the Mt Hood Center main arena from 12pm - 5pm.
Drop in anytime to celebrate a day at the races with us!
Tickets to the event are $25 per person ($30 day of) and $15 for children (12 and under) ($20 day of). Click the blue ticket button below to purchase your tickets!
Norman Sylvester and his full band will be paying live blues and R&B at the derby party! The Norman Sylvester Band includes Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester and his Bass man from the beginning Rob Shoemaker, drummer Paul Shoemaker, keyboard player Jeff Otto and horn players Peter Moss & Renato Caranto. All of these musicians are masters of their craft and are in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Oregon Beverage Services will have two cocktail bars set up - one in the main arena and one in the greenhouse. Bubbles & Treats PNW will also be at the party serving up non-alcoholic cocktails and italian sodas.
Caper's Catering will be serving up derby fare in their brand new food truck! Expect to find a southern inspired menu with multiple options for adults and children!
Live derby races in the main arena will begin at 1:00pm and last until 3:00pm. Each rider will run two laps, the first is their warm up, and their second is their qualifying run. The rider with the fastest time wins the cash payout! Between the two laps there will be a 20 minute intermission where we will have a derby-inspired peewee parade. Children will be dressed to derby and their horses will also be in costume. Don't miss your chance to vote on your favorite peewee costume!
Don't miss our derby scavenger hunt! We'll have mini jockey silks hidden all over the property for a fun derby scavenger hunt. If you find the locations of each silk you'll recieve a fun prize!