Ehrlich Nissan's Down & Derby Party by NOCO Active 20/30


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May 3, 2014 - The Island at Water Valley (map).

2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Live music from: Harley D & the V Twins. Shuttles and Car Service Available. See Below.

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Celebrate the 140th Kentucky Derby, the most exciting two minutes in sports, as NOCO 20/30 brings Churchill Downs to Northern Colorado at the annual Ehrlich Nissan and VW Down & Derby Party, May 3, 2014 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Island at Water Valley. The event benefits charities serving underprivileged youth in Northern Colorado.

Tickets to this must-attend event of the season include the tastiest of Southern fare, beverages, bourbon tasting, and, of course, the traditional Mint Julep. Tickets for the Run for the Roses Raffle, available for purchase at the event, make you eligible to win a variety of tremendous prize packages, including a trip to Louisville for the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

Of course, no Kentucky Derby event could be complete without a tribute to proudly worn, traditional, ostentatious headwear. The Best Hat Contest will honor the finest chapeau donned at the party - the bigger and more flamoyant, the better.

The event will culminate in a big-screen viewing of the Derby, followed by the Run for the Roses Raffle.

Want to brush up on your Kentucky Derby knowledge before the race to impress your friends? Here's a summary of the race, by the numbers:

  • 1.25 miles - the length of the trackDown and Derby Party
  • $2 million - the purse
  • 126 lbs. - the weight that colts/geldings carry
  • 121 lbs. - the weight that fillies carry
  • 138 years - consecutively that the race has been run
  • 3 years - the age of the horses
  • 1 minute 59.4 seconds - Secretariat's time in the fastest Kentucky Derby ever
  • 5 - the most wins by a jockey
  • 120,000 - the number of Mint Juleps served at the Kentucky Derby
  • 165,307 - the number of fans in attendance at the 2012 Kentucky Derby (and the most ever)

Be safe Take our shuttles! Green Ride will have shuttles running from multiple locations in Fort Collins beginning 45 minutes before the event. They will also return you safely after the event. Thanks to Green Ride for their generous support!

Got to FAQ section on the new website to view Shuttle Schedule .  

TrunkDrive.jpgTrunk Drivers will also be on hand to get you home safely. They want you to party hard at the Down & Derby Party and will be on-hand with their designated driving service. Better than a taxi-they'll get you home with YOUR car!


The Service: Get you home in your car safely when you've had a little too much!

The Place: You can find Trunk Drivers at the main entrance of the event, as you're coming in and going out. They'll be the guys with the red t-shirts.

The Hours: 2PM - Until everyone gets home safely

The Deal: We strongly encourage reservations. Feel free to call ahead (970.658.0806), send an email (, or catch them at the door on your way in to schedule a departure time. Otherwise, it will be a first come first serve basis.

The Cost: $30 per car for the first 5 miles, $2 a mile after that.

The Good News:
They accept credit cards! They also take cash...

Don't risk getting a DUI or worse......... Trunk Drivers will get you home like you've never been taken home before! TRUNK DRIVERS. The safest way to get you AND your car home.

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Northern Colorado Active 20/30 Accomplishments:

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  • Generated over $1,400,000 in cash and in-kind donations to date for area child-based non-profits
  • Provided major financial support to the Boys & Girls Club capital campaign to build a new facility in Loveland, CO
  • Has provided Christmas presents for thousands of kids' families through our Christmas for Kids campaign since inception
  • Sends numerous elated couples each year to fantasic locations like Napa Valley,  Las Vegas and Catalina Island on an exclusive private jet and weekend adventure through our Suitcase Party
  • Annually delights lucky couples with a trip to the Kentucky Derby via our Down & Derby Event
  • Provided funding for approximately 100 annual Junior/Senior Partner programs to Partners Mentoring Youth
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