Other cities have their fall festivals, but Lexington's party Saturday spread across the whole city.
What with the second day of racing at the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland, the longstanding football rivalry of Kentucky vs. Tennessee, at Commonwealth Stadium, and the continuing music and food at the Breeders' Cup festival downtown, all you had to do was pick your location.
Topping it off was trick-or-treating in neighborhoods and even at the stadium, where some adults wore costumes and thousands gathered before a big TV screen to cheer American Pharoah's victory in the Classic.
Calvin Riney of Owensboro exemplified the spirit of the day: At Commonwealth Stadium, he was dressed in a blue-and-white checked shirt while riding an inflated Tyrannosaurus rex. Chase Milner of Lexington wore a horse-head mask, which he said was a tribute to Pharoah.
Rick Baker of Louisville took a slightly different costume spin — as a Big Blue Transformer.
Harry Lee Waterfield II of Frankfort — son of Harry Lee Waterfield, who was twice Kentucky's lieutenant governor — took in the Commonwealth costume parade and the Breeders' screening while seated in a camp chair.
"Going to the football game is the main thing, but I didn't want to take the chance of missing the Breeders' Cup Classic," he said. "This is pretty neat, isn't it?"
The traffic around Common wealth Stadium was thick by 4 p.m. and picked up again after the Breeders' Cup Classic as fans streamed into the stadium.
A few blocks away at Red Mile, those attending the Breeders' Cup Bash had a great view of a track — just not the one where the Breeders' Cup races were running.
Nonetheless, a crowd took to the benches and the rail while gazing at a viewing screen across the track.
"I've got to see American Pharoah get the 'grand slam' ... and our cousins are over there cooking," said Larry Gayton of Harrodsburg, attending with his friend Vanessa Stokes.
Stokes joked: "I'm looking for the horses."
Admission at Red Mile was $10; for the Wagers dining room, it was $40.
Gayton said the cost of Red Mile "fitted our pockets versus being at Keeneland."
Sid Dunn, Gayton's nephew, was cooking ribs at his Dunn's BBQ tent, where he said most customers were asking for brisket and fried fish.
While he chatted, a Red Mile employee pulled Dunn aside to ask if he was the chef behind what someone had told her "is the best fish sandwich they ever ate."
Dunn admitted that his Alaskan pollock is pretty tasty, and said his restaurant "sets the bar for brisket."
Near the Red Mile rail, friends Karien Maggard and Karen Hoskins enjoyed the brisk autumn day, but with an eye on the clock.
They would have to leave soon to get home. The two live near Commonwealth Stadium and planned to hustle to let some folks park at their house during the UK-Tennessee game.
"It's finally come home," Maggard said of the Breeders' Cup. "This may be our only opportunity for it to be here in our lifetimes. The excitement around Lexington has been huge."
With tens of thousands of people at Keeneland and at Commonwealth Stadium, attendance at the Kentucky Ale stage in downtown Lexington was sparse early Saturday evening.
The Twiggenburys performed nevertheless, with much amplification, covering songs including Elton John's Honky Cat, with a slight alteration of the lyrics. Where Elton sang of "trying to drink whiskey/from a bottle of wine," the Twiggenburys substituted "bourbon" for "whiskey."
Andy McDonald and Kara Hill had attended multiple nights of the festival's music performances.
Despite the slight attendance, the Kentucky One Health mascot, costumed in the organization's orange-and-purple logo and wearing enormous purple sneakers, laid down moves in the courthouse square.