FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, Britainy, hosted the inaugural “Kentucky Derby Week Kick-Off” celebration.

The south lawn was converted into a festive outdoor event featuring local food vendors, local distillers, derby-themed arts and crafts, and live music.

The horse mania art pieces were also on display. Those pieces will be moved to Keeneland in December where they will be auctioned off to raise money for the ongoing western Kentucky tornado relief efforts.

“I’m a Louisville native, but it is great to stay here in Frankfort and promote the state Capitol because I think it is the most beautiful Capitol there is,” said Jim Hannah, a state employee.

“We’ve been waiting for something like this to happen for quite some time. It’s just really remarkable to see a small community like this get together and rally for support of our local farmer’s market, arts and crafts, and local breweries. It’s just a little piece of heaven,” said fellow state employee Wilson Gewin.

The event showed just another element to the unified spirit of the Commonwealth.