Vol 17 Issue 3

On the first weekend of May, an event dubbed the world’s Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports® took place at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. In celebration of my 41st birthday, I was lucky enough to attend the 150th Kentucky Derby weekend as the most impressive thoroughbreds on the planet came together to compete for the coveted garland of roses.

Since its first starting gun fired on May 17, 1875, the Kentucky Derby is the longest continually running sporting event in the United States. The 2024 Derby was much more than just another day at the races. This year’s monumental celebration marked an incredible 150 years of tradition and history.

The Kentucky Derby is one of America’s great pageants. Fashion takes center stage as horse-loving, hat-wearing, julep-sipping crowds of over 150,000 attendees break out their Sunday best under the iconic white twin spires of Churchill Downs. Yet, if it hadn’t been enough to experience this singular American moment, another anniversary was also underway that demanded my admiration and attention.

As Mystick Dan (18-1) won the 150th Kentucky Derby in a dramatic photo finish, I myself had ads and articles off to the races, as deadlines for the 17th Anniversary Edition of Saline County Lifestyles quickly approached its finish line. It might not have been the equivalent of the century and a half celebration the Derby delivered, but for my own personal pride, there is something so sweet about completing this 16-year feat!

Speaking of sweet, that was the inspiration behind the theme of our current edition. This issue is titled, “SWEET 16,” as we turn our focus to some of the locally owned and operated businesses that offer tasty treats in our community. Each has its own mouthwatering qualities that make it unique. Like the thrill of rooting on your favorite horse to victory, these finger-licking features are
sure to excite your appetite. You deserve a treat today! Your town. Your life.
Your magazine.

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