It takes a special man to open his house to 500 strangers on Derby Day. Every year at Derby, Jim Hafendorfer locks up his house and invites the world into his yard. People bring tents and camp all weekend. You can play some cornhole, take a dip in the pool, and keep up with the races all without keeping away from the infield's crowds.
Your $40 admission is good for all weekend and includes all you can eat and drink, a silent auction, and the party itself.
The profits go to a great cause. Over the last decade, the Hillbilly Outfield has raised more than $72,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation.
If you're looking for a Derby party far from the madness of Churchill Downs, check out the live music, freshly made BBQ, and unpretentious atmosphere of the Hillbilly Outfield.
Photo courtesy Hillbilly Outfield.