Get Creative. The Kentucky Derby has been postponed to September, but we are going to celebrate now—and again in September.

Right now, from April 2-24 you and your pet can get in on the fun. Get inspired. Join the competition. Make your pet a special DIY Derby Hat. Enter a photo of your pet in your Derby-inspired creation, and help us all ‘virtually celebrate’ the traditional Derby season.

Then on September 5th, the date Kentucky Derby will be run this year, join us in person (and appropriately attired pet) for the second annual VIERA PET FEST.

Here are the details you need now to be part of the first ever ‘Virtual’ Pet Fest | Derby Day event.

Awards will be given for the best hat in the three fun categories:

  1. Classic
  2. Most Outrageous
  3. Colorful.

Judges will also select a Best of Show winner from the three main contest categories.

Submission Period: April 2-24

Winners Announced: May 2

Contest Rules:

  • One winner for each Judging Category within each Pet Category.
  • One Best of Show will be chosen for each Pet Category.
  • Each participant may only wear one hat and submit one entry.
  • Each participant’s owner is responsible for his/her own hat.

How to Enter: Click the button below to open the submission email and fill in all the details.

Then stay tuned here, on and on our Facebook Page.

By participating in this event of the Viera Community Institute, Inc. (VCI) you grant VCI permission to use photos sent in post event marketing coverage of the event. All information with submission must be complete to be a valid participant in the Virtual Pet Fest | Derby Day Hat Contest.

Mark Your Calendars

The live, in person Pet Fest will be happening later this year on September 5!

Event Details

Date:  Saturday September 5, 2020

Time: 10am – Noon

Location: Viera Town Center Park

2853 Rodina Drive

Viera, FL 32940