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Kentucky Derby Festival unveils 2020 Thunder Over Louisville theme, has new airshow box

The theme of the 2020 show is “Thunder’s Greatest Hits” and will celebrate the greatest hits from the past 30 years of Thunder soundtracks.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With 66 days away from the biggest firework show in America, Thunder Over Louisville has announced details regarding the 2020 opening ceremonies.

GE Appliances, a Haier company, was announced as the newest Presenting Sponsor of the show, joining Caesars Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, and UPS.

“Without the support of these generous sponsors, we simply wouldn’t be able to produce the kind of spectacular Thunder show the public has come to expect year after year,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “Their sponsorship is a gift to the entire community.”

GE Appliances was one of the first sponsors of the Derby Festival in 1956. GE has sponsored various events on the Festival’s schedule over the years. This is their first year as a presenting sponsor of Thunder.

Credit: KDF

This is the 30th consecutive year that UPS has been a presenting sponsor of Thunder Over Louisville. Caesars Southern Indiana has been a presenting sponsor for 21 consecutive years. LG&E and Meijer have both been Thunder sponsors for the past 14 years in a row.

The theme of the 2020 show is “Thunder’s Greatest Hits” and will celebrate the greatest hits from the past 30 years of Thunder soundtracks. Derby Festival officials are also celebrating the return of a Category 1 airbox for this year’s air show. A smaller Category 2 airbox was put in place in 2015, during the construction of the new bridge.

“Returning to a larger airbox will mean even more of those fast and loud aircraft and demo teams that our fans love,” said Gibson. “The list of air show acts and performers continues to grow as we get closer to the show.”

The 2020 Thunder Air Show will include performances by the U.S. Navy F-35 Demo, U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Demo and the return of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, as well as a first time Thunder appearance by the Wild Blue RV8 night time tribute show to recognize First Responders…and much more. Additional details will be released closer to the show date. 

Thunder Over Louisville is April 18. 

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