Kansas City Museum : The Derby Party

May 06 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Kansas City Museum

The Derby Party 2023 is a themed fundraiser hosted by the Kansas City Museum Foundation to benefit the Kansas City Museum.

This year’s Derby Party coincides with Worlds of Fun’s 50th Anniversary. Worlds of Fun celebrated its grand opening on May 26, 1973. The idea for the amusement park came from Kansas City Chiefs owner and businessman Lamar Hunt and his business partner Jack Steadman. He and Steadman had the concept to create a large resort-entertainment complex in an area north of Kansas City in Clay County. The only part of that grand concept that was built was the amusement park. Construction began November 1971 on Worlds of Fun, which was themed around Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. The colorful ascension balloon from the original story served as the park’s identifying logo.

Festivities on the historic grounds will include live music by Boogie Nights KC, southern food bites, cocktails and NA cocktails provided by Kansas City labels such as Union Horse Distilling Co., Lifted Spirits, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Bourgmont Vineyard & Winery, Boulevard Brewing Company, PH Coffee, and Daily Culture. Dessert by Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House, on-the-spot photo booth by Picwood, yard games, and so much more. With Best-dressed and Best-hat competitions with special guest judges.

Attire: 70’s Summer Camp to 70’s Sophisticated Chic celebrating a decade of individuality and expression!

All funds raised at the 8th Annual Derby Party directly support the museum’s educational and public programs that build awareness of the City’s rich history and culture.

If you would like to become a sponsor or have questions, please email Director of Visitor Experience & Public Programs, Paul Gutierrez at [email protected]


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