SPRING FAMILY REUNION

The UK Parent and Family Association is excited to host this year’s Spring Family Reunion at Keeneland, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. In addition to an afternoon of races, UK’s Spring Family Reunion will feature behind the scenes tours of Keeneland, opportunities to meet with the Keeneland betologists, a brunch inside the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, opportunities for both general admission into Keeneland or grandstand seating, reserved parking, family photos, and more!  Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at noon. We encourage you to book hotels at your earliest convenience. 


0065_20160416_1.JPG   0079_20160416_0.JPG   0119_20160416_0_0.JPG   0068_20160416_0.JPG    


Schedule

(Tentative) Spring Family Reunion schedule of events:

Check-in – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Keeneland Sales Pavilion front desk

Check-in will begin at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion front desk. You must check in to receive your tickets to Keeneland and to brunch. If you purchased a brunch package, your reserved parking pass will be mailed to you beforehand.

Tour Keeneland and meet with betologists – 9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Keeneland Sales Arena

Tours will begin in the Keeneland Sales Arena at 9:15 a.m. Tours will be on a first-come, first-served basis; and all UK guests must check in at the Keeneland Pavilion front desk before their tour begins. Tours will conclude in the Limestone Café and Pavilion Bar where guests can meet with betologists to learn more about betting at the races. The last tour of the day will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Family Photos – 9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., location TBD

UK families will have the opportunity to have their family photo taken by a professional photographer with one of Keeneland’s beautiful outdoor scenes as the backdrop. More information about the photo location will be available at check-in. Photos will be made available to families after the Spring Family Reunion.

Brunch – 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Limestone Café and Pavilion Bar

Brunch will begin in the Limestone Café and Pavilion Bar. The tentative menu will include Keeneland burgoo, red wine braised chicken, three cheese tortellini primavera, fresh vegetables, roasted red potatoes, and Keeneland’s famous bread pudding, along with an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks. Guests will be able to watch the pre-race show from the screens in the Limestone Café and Pavilion Bar areas and enjoy a variety of activities.

Races – 1:05 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The first post (or race) begins at 1:05 p.m. and run approximately every half hour. For details on the Keeneland Race Day App, visit www.keeneland.com/racing/app.  To learn the basics of betting, visit www.keeneland.com/racing/betting-guide-infograph.

Guest who have purchased a ticket to the covered grandstand seating area will receive a wristband at check-in that will serve as their ticket to enter the grandstand section. Seats are not assigned, however there should be plenty of seating for all grandstand guests. Guests who have purchased general admission tickets may find seating in some of the café areas or below the grandstand area, though seating is not guaranteed and is rarely in a covered area. Lawn chairs and umbrellas are permitted, except for inside the Clubhouse.


Tickets 

To accommodate more UK families this year, we are offering three different ticketing packages for the Spring Family Reunion. All UK Spring Family Reunion attendees, including students and children, must have a ticket for admission to the brunch in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion and to the races. Tickets will not be available for sale at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

Brunch and Reserved Grandstand Option - $55 per person

The brunch and reserved grandstand ticket option is $55 per person and includes brunch at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, reserved parking near the pavilion, entry into the reserved grandstand seating area, a behind the scenes tour of Keeneland, the opportunity to meet with betologists to learn more about how to bet at the races, a family photo taken by a professional photographer, and an exclusive UK giveaway. Ticket availability is limited.

Brunch and General Admission Option - $45 per person

The brunch and general admission ticket option is $45 per person and includes brunch at the Keeneland Pavilion, reserved parking near the pavilion, a general admission ticket into Keeneland (no seating guaranteed), a behind the scenes tour of Keeneland, the opportunity to meet with betologists to learn more about how to bet at the races, a family photo taken by a professional photographer, and an exclusive UK giveaway. Ticket availability is limited.

UK Grandstand Only Option - $25 per person

The UK grandstand only ticket option is $25 per person and includes, entry into the reserved grandstand seating area, a family photo taken by a professional photographer, and a Spring Family Reunion tote bag. Ticket availability is limited.


Keeneland

Sunrise Trackside

Keeneland invites race fans out to the track early in the day for breakfast and a variety of equine activities. Learn more at www.keeneland.com/calendar/sunrise-trackside.


Hotel Information

VisitLex maintains a helpful accommodations locator on their website at www.visitlex.com/hotels. Members of the Parent and Family Association can take advantage of our member discount program; a full list of discounts is featured in the online Member Center. Simply log in to http://bit.ly/PFAMembers using your email address and password and click on the Member Discount Program tab under the Member Center. 

Siblings ages 8 – 17 wishing to spend the night in UK residence halls must have a Minor Overnight Guest Request Form on file, which requires parental permission. Guests under the age of 8 are not permitted in stay in the halls overnight. For more information, please visit http://www.uky.edu/housing/undergraduate/residence-life/minor-request-form.


Directions and Parking

Directions to Keeneland from various locations can be found at www.keeneland.com/racing/parking.

More information about reserved parking will be available soon.

 

Keeneland is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Please call the ticketing office at 859-288-4299 for more information. 

 


FAQs

What can I expect from the Spring Family Reunion?

0111_20160416_0.JPG   0053_20160416_0.JPG   0040_20160416_0.JPG   0003_20160416_1_0.JPG   

We have so much fun at Family Weekend every fall, and the Spring Family Reunion is a chance for us to get back together and enjoy a day at Keeneland! If you’re planning on joining in the fun, expect larger crowds and traffic. More than 38,000 racing fans spent the day at Keeneland during the 2017 Spring Family Reunion! We’ll provide you information on shuttle and walking options, along with reserved parking options, so that you can make plans.

Please note that the reunion requires an advanced ticket purchase. We do our very best to accommodate as many families as possible, but we are limited by venue capacities and safety regulations. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale to avoid disappointment.

The reunion and Keeneland races will go on rain or shine, so please check the weather and plan accordingly. Spring weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable – be prepared!

The Spring Family Reunion is different from Family Weekend. We plan the reunion party at Keeneland on Saturday and leave the rest of the weekend open for your family to determine how you want to spend your time. Do you want to explore campus? Do you want to check out downtown Lexington? Do you want to go hiking? Chat with your family and plan the weekend that most appeals to you!

 

What if my family can’t come to the Spring Family Reunion?

We know that no one weekend is going to work for all UK families! If you can’t come to UK’s Spring Family Reunion but want assistance making plans for a visit at another time, reach out to the Parent and Family Association. Our staff loves to talk about our favorite things in Lexington and around campus, so we’d be happy to offer you guidance as you make plans! Call us at 859-257-2752, email us at parents@lsv.uky.edu, or post on our Facebook page to connect with other UK families and hear about their favorite things to do.

Save the date for Family Weekend next fall on September 28-30, 2018! Information will be posted to the Family Weekend website, www.uky.edu/familyweekend, as it becomes available.
 

Can we bring grandparents and other family members?0001_20160416_2.JPG

​Yes, that’s why we call it a family reunion! We’re all part of the Wildcat family! We strive to offer activities at the reunion that will entertain the youngest and oldest members of the family and everyone in between. If there are concerns about special needs in your party, reach out to the Parent and Family Association staff at 859-257-2752 or parents@lsv.uky.edu. We’re happy to help you make plans.

 

Can a sibling stay in the residence halls?

These requests are handled by the Office of Residence Life. To learn more about the minor visitation policy, view the Minor Request Form.
 

Why are hotel rooms so expensive?​

​Many families make their first visits to Lexington for UK campus tours or orientations that aren’t scheduled at the height of demand for hotel rooms. The popularity of Keeneland brings thousands of folks in every spring so hotel rooms are naturally going to be more expensive and in demand. You are encouraged to make hotel reservations at your earliest convenience. If you find that the available accommodations aren’t in your budget, you might want to seek an alternate time to come to campus. Hotels will be less expensive when Keeneland isn’t running (meets are held every October and April). Visit www.visitlex.com for information on area accommodations.

 

Will the Spring Family Reunion sell out?

We can’t guarantee ticket availability and the event did sell out last year. We require an advanced ticket purchase so that we can make plans to accommodate all guests. Please purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale to avoid disappointment. We do our very best to accommodate as many families as possible, but we are limited by venue capacities and safety regulations.
 

​How do I get tickets?

More information coming soon!

 

Where do I park at Keeneland? How do I get from the parking area to the grandstand?

Directions to Keeneland from various locations can be found at www.keeneland.com/racing/parking.

More information about reserved parking will be available soon.

Keeneland is accessible to patrons with disabilities. Please call the ticketing office at 859-288-4299 for more information.

 

​Will the Spring Family Reunion go on if it rains?

​The reunion will go on rain or shine, so please check the weather and plan accordingly. Spring weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable – be prepared!
 

What do I wear to Keeneland?

​While the reserved seating dining rooms have a dress code (details on the Keeneland ticketing website), most areas of Keeneland do not. Therefore, you’ll see a little bit of everything in the grandstand and paddock area. However, the tradition is to dress up a bit and make an occasion of your day at the races! Gentlemen are often in collared shirts and slacks, while the ladies can be found in dresses or nice skirts or slacks. Denim and athletic attire are not permitted in most dining rooms and therefore are not generally worn by most during their visit to Keeneland.

​The UK Spring Family Reunion will be held indoors this year; however, the tours and races will be outside. 

 

How to I register for the Best Hat Competition at the tent party?0089_20160416_0.JPG

Though Kentucky Derby fans may claim that event to be the pinnacle of millinery exhibition, the tradition of hat fashion at the races has become one of the highlights of the Keeneland experience. So, whether you are a hat enthusiast or simply interested in joining the fun, wear your best hat to the UK Spring Family Reunion at Keeneland on Saturday, April 14, 2018 and enter the Best Hat Competition for a change to win UK prizes.

To enter, register your hat at the Best Hat Competition table in the Limestone Café at Keeneland between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A picture of your hat will be taken and displayed at the table and each contestant’s name will be placed in a drawing for a variety of UK prizes. Contestants must be present to enter but do not have to be present to win. A panel of judges will vote on the entries at 12:30 p.m. and a best hat will be selected.

If you are interested in learning a little more about the tradition of horse racing hat fashion, check out this article from Time Magazine - http://time.com/4317873/kentucky-derby-hat-history/

 

Who may I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any questions about Spring Family Reunion, email us at parents@lsv.uky.edu or call 859-257-2752. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most recent campus updates. Our staff will be checking email as well as Facebook and Twitter throughout the Spring Family Reunion weekend, so that is the best way to reach us if you have a question.

We want to see your pictures! Post them to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use #UKFAM18.