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Forbes House Museum Provides Kentucky Derby Experience

The Forbes House Museum celebrated last week's Kentucky Derby with Derby Day at Prowse Farm.

While Animal Kingdom was the big winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, the in Milton also had a great day with a successful fundraiser at Prowse Farm.

Almost 100 people attended the museum’s first Derby Day event, which included a simulcast of the Derby and a live race with three horses and jockeys from the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Association.

 Derby Day, which was organized by Chair Charlie Truslow and the Special Events Committee, served as a fundraiser for the FHM general operating fund. The location of the fundraiser also had significance, according to Executive Director Robin Tagliaferri. The Forbes family boarded their horses at Prowse Farm.

Saturday’s event also included staples of the real Kentucky Derby experience like mint juleps and awards for the best hat and best vintage car.

The food and beverages at Derby Day included donations from local vendors like: a raw bar from , Martignetti Wines, Konditor Meister, , Blue Hills Brewery, , Birch Street Bistro, and .

There as also prizes including tickets to a Red Sox vs. Yankees game and a horseshoe necklace from Galatea Fine Jewelry.

“We are so grateful for those who came out to support us,” said Tagliaferri. “We had such a great time that we are strongly considering having the event again next year.”

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