Kentucky-based political consultant Dave Contarino is a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby. More than just a horse race, the Kentucky Derby has grown into an American cultural event since its inaugural running in 1875. According to Dave Contarino, many of the traditions that are flouted at Churchill Downs have been around since the start of the Derby. In the following Q&A, Dave Contarino describes how some of those Derby traditions got their start.
Q: Is it true that the Kentucky Derby is one of the most difficult sporting events to attend?
Dave Contarino: Getting a general admission ticket isn’t tough, but if you want a good box or table upstairs, you might have a hard time. And plan to spend a lot on accommodations or crash at a friend’s house because all the Hotels get booked early. I had three people stay at my house during this year’s Derby. That is actually fewer than year’s past.
Dave Contarino enjoys spending time in Taos, New Mexico, which provides great opportunities for skiing and other winter sports. In addition to these outdoor activities, Taos provides plenty of opportunities for enrichment through its rich history. When he isn’t navigating the slopes, Dave Contarino explores the many museums and historic locations of the Taos area in order to learn as much as possible about the history of the area.
As the only remaining Native American community recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national historic landmark, the Taos Pueblo has been inhabited for more than a millennium. Located in northern New Mexico, Taos still maintains much of the historic beauty created by its original residents. Current citizens have worked hard to preserve its art and culture so that modern-day visitors can learn about the Native Americans who once lived in the area.
Dave Contarino has spent time in a large number of cities around the globe through the course of his work as a political consultant. But among his favorite cities is a small town named Danville, Kentucky. Danville has not only captured the attention of Dave Contarino, but numerous publications and organizations around the world.
Currently, Dave Contarino lives in a lakeside cabin that is only a short drive from Danville, Kentucky. It’s a drive Contarino takes often. Below, Dave Contarino details a few of the reasons Danville should be on everyone’s list of must-see places.
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