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A week's worth of merriment

The Best of the Bluegrass — an annual springtime salute to all things wonderful about the Bluegrass — got started Sunday with a chili cook-off in Cheapside Park. The warm spring temperatures brought out crowds for the cook-off, which is new this year.

Here's a roundup of events for Best of the Bluegrass, which runs through Saturday. For questions about Keeneland, call 1-800-456-3412 or go to For more about Best of the Bluegrass, go to

Keeneland Spring Meet. Through April 24. Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Rd. First post 1:05 p.m. General admission: $5, free for ages 12 and younger. No racing Monday or Tuesday or on Easter Sunday, April 12.

■ Breakfast With the Works. 7 a.m. every Sat. during the meet. Trackside commentary from racing experts. Free children's activities. Hot buffet breakfast $7.50 for ages 4 and older; free for ages 3 and younger. Free paddock demonstrations at 8:45 a.m., and free handicapping seminars at 11:30 a.m.

■ Beaumont Stakes Day. April 8. $150,000 purse.

■ Music of the Horse Concert. 11:30 a.m. April 9 at Keeneland's walking ring. The UK Symphony Orchestra will perform selections from the Music of the Horse CD in the walking ring.

■ Vinery Madison Stakes Day. April 9. $300,000 purse.

■ Maker's Mark bottle signing. 6:30 a.m. April 10. Limit two bottles.

■ Maker's Mark Mile. April 10. $300,000 purse.

■ Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. April 11. $750,000 purse.

Progressive Dinner. April 6. Three-course progressive dinner featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Kentucky Proud products. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with mint juleps and a first course at the Julep Cup in The Woodlands; Annette's City Café and Event Center, 431 Old Vine St., will serve the main course; and Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine St., will serve dessert and after-dinner drinks. $100 a person. Reservations: Annette's City Café and Event Center, (859) 296-6444.

Belle Brezing Bed Race. 6 p.m. April 9. Lexington History Museum, 215 W. Main St. $50 for a team of five. Teams will race their decorated beds along Short St. Registration at ended April 3.

Pub Crawl. 7 p.m. April 9. Cheapside Park. Register at Cheapside Park, 251 W. Main St. A tour of local bars offering drink specials to participants. $10 a person (includes music by Domino, 10 p.m. at Victorian Square). Participants will receive a map of Crawl bars, an I.D. bracelet identifying them as a Pub Crawler and a T-shirt. Safe rides home will be provided if needed.

Lexington Farmers Market. 7 a.m. April 11. Cheapside Park. Lexington Farmers Market returns outdoors to a new location at Cheapside Park. Every Saturday starting at 7 a.m. For more information, call (859) 608-2655 or visit

AVOL Red Ribbon Run. 9 a.m. April 11. Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. 8K run, 3k walk. $15. Proceeds benefit AIDS Volunteers of Lexington (AIDS Volunteers, Inc.). For event details and applications, go to or call (859) 225-3000.

Heard It Through The Grapevine: Wine in Wonderland. 6 p.m. April 11. Crowne Plaza-Campbell House, 1375 S. Broadway. Gourmet cuisine from more than 35 restaurants, plus wines and spirits. Entertainment by Trouble, The Bats, Tom Green, The Imperial Court, Alma Gitana Flamenco Fusion and Same As It Ever Was. General admission: $85 advance; $15 more at the door. VIP $120. Proceeds benefit WUKY. (859) 257-3221,