LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The 2014 Festival Fanatic winner has been announced by the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Melanie Chilton, of Louisville, Kentucky, was chosenout of more than 41,000 people who entered the promotion sponsored by theKentucky Lottery.
As the Festival Fanatic Chilton will have the opportunity to attend 25individual Festival experiences where she will receive VIP treatment.
"When I got the calltelling me I was the Festival Fanatic, I thought it was a joke! I was sure mykids were pulling a prank on me," said Chilton. "I am so excited to have the opportunityto be the Festival Fanatic. I'm overwhelmed because it's the chance of alifetime."
Chilton,a part owner of FamilySports Grill and Pub, will also serve as the Thundernator during Thunder Over Louisville onApril 12.
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