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Wow, the Denver Derby Party was a total blast to photograph. My friend, Lee Robinson, asked me to help him cover the event along with his team of photographers. I knew it would be a wild, fashion-themed event finishing off with the Kentucky Derby, but I had no idea how much fun it would be. This year, the party was held at Infinity Park in Glendale, a perfect venue for the party, a fundraiser for a Memorial Scholarship to Colorado State University in the name of Sean “Ranch” Lough who was a CSU student when he died in a mountain bike accident. Several of his friends started a party to remember him 10 years ago and now it’s turned into a huge event drawing as many as 20,000 people wearing Derby attire and festive hats. One of the main events is the Hat Contest. The winning hat sported birds and a bird cage. The minute I saw it, I knew it would be the winner.