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Belle Meade Plantation to host Derby special event

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Anyone wanting to soak up the atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby without driving all the way to Louisville will have that chance this Saturday at the Belle Meade Plantation.

And attendees will be giving some children a front row seat for history.

Each year, some 20,000 students get to tour the mansion absolutely free. This Saturday, you can help make sure those trips are possible by hosting the mansion's Kentucky Derby viewing party.

All proceeds will go toward funding the students' tours.

"A lot of children, especially with budget cuts, this is their only chance to get out of the classroom. It's their only chance to leave the confines of the school, and to go out and experience history firsthand," said Alton Kelley, with the Belle Meade Plantation.

The Derby party was a natural choice for a fundraiser because many of the winning horses can trace their roots to the plantation's grounds.

"The first Kentucky Derby in the 1800s, six of the 20 horses came from Nashville, from Belle Meade," Kelley said. "So we have a really strong connection, and we celebrate that connection here at the Kentucky Derby party at Belle Meade."

The viewing party is set for Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $100, and that includes food, drinks and entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://bellemeadeplantation.com/group-tours-at-belle-meade-plantation/.

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