Thunder on the Ground

Saturday, April 23, 2022
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville than simply look to the sky. With a slew of entertainment options available at Ford’s Thunder on the Ground, there is sure to be something for everyone!

From the Thunder FoodFest to the Interactive Display Area to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore.

  • North Great Lawn: 9 AM
  • Chow Wagon: 11 AM
  • Meijer Family Fun Zone: 11 AM
  • Big 4 Lawn: 11 AM

Each location offers FREE admission with a 2022 Pegasus Pin, a Beer Garden, Thunder Sound, and Food Vendors.

Thunder Food Fest

More than 115 vendors will be available at the Chow Wagon, Great Lawn, Big 4 Lawn, West Belvedere, and along Witherspoon.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Admission is FREE with a 2022 Pegasus Pin.

Featuring kids activities including:

  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Food
  • Beer Garden
  • Thunder Sound.


Get your Official Derby Festival Merchandise, including Thunder Wear at 11 different locations:

  • Waterfront Chow Wagon
  • South Great Lawn
  • East Great Lawn
  • 2nd Street and River Road
  • 3rd Street and River Road
  • 4th Street and River Road
  • Preston and Witherspoon
  • Bingham and Witherspoon
  • River Road and Bingham Way
  • Southern Indiana
  • Merchant Row Along Witherspoon at the great lawn. Vendors will be selling a wide variety if things including sunglasses, caricatures, and more!

Saturday, April 23, 2022
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Purchase Pegasus Pins

  • Gate A – Thunder Chow Wagon
  • Gate B – Great Lawn – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville
  • Gate C – Service entrance to Chow Wagon – Preston & River Road under I-64 viaduct
  • Belvedere – 5th & Main Streets

Pin Trading Locations

  • Brook/Bingham Way & Witherspoon – SW Corner diagonal from Chow Wagon
  • Preston & Witherspoon – NE corner near light post
  • River Road near Walking Bridge – North side of the street
  • 2nd & Main – foot of 2nd Street bridge at Main Street

Current and past year metal event pins and Pegasus Pins

  • Pin Wagon – 4th & River Road – SW Corner – next to Merchandise Booth and TV truck entrance.

Saturday, April 23, 2022
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

  • U.S. Army exhibit featuring the Army Adventure Trailer, Dog Tag Machine, Physical Fitness Challenge and a Blackhawk Helicopter
  • U.S. Navy experience including fitness challenges and photo booth. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience their brand new, immersive, mobile display, built into a state-of-the art 18-wheel vehicle named the Nimitz. It’s incredibly cool and uses 4D virtual reality technology to allow participants to navigate a Navy rescue mission.
  • U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service
  • Kentucky National Guard’s static display of 2 military vehicles, recruiting trailer, obstacle course with tire flip and water jug challenge, and push and pull up challenge
  • U.S. Marine Corps and much more!

Saturday, April 13, 2019
11:00 AM

  • X-perience – on behalf of Ford Motor Company
  • Active Heroes
  • Ali Baba
  • Alien Abduction
  • Boost Mobile
  • Drop & Twist
  • Great Big Idaho Potato
  • Hampton, Hurricane
  • Lil Wheel
  • MGR
  • Ninja Jump
  • Ships Ahoy
  • Sizzler
  • Sprint
  • Typhoon
  • Zumur
  • And more!