Women planning to attend this year’s event have been crowding downtown Louisville stores seeking feathers, flowers, plumes or anything that will help them retrofit a suitable hat for the Derby.
"Who’s going to know?" asked a salesman at one of the stores. "I think that’s probably a secret kept with the ladies," he added.
One customer bought a used hat at a second-hand store and picked up some fuchsia feathers to dress it up.
"I was definitely bargain hunting," she explained. "Now if only I can pick the race winner."