This weekend is going to be AWESOME!!!!!!

Due to the rains, Friday and Saturday’s activations will now be held at Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon (across the street from the Fredericksburg Polo Club) at 7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg Texas.

We have large tented areas for both VIPs and General Admission. This is indeed a rain or shine event. VIP’s will also have access to our 4,700 square foot Dance Hall and all outdoor areas. Please know that we will also do our best to still have Balloon and Helicopter rides, safely.

On Friday night, guests can enjoy the Bankersmith Steak Night and live music! Due to the weather there will be no Hot Air Balloons on Friday night, but we will have live music, food, drink and helicopter rides available. All of our guests with a Hot Air Balloon Ride Pass will be automatically upgraded to the Helicopter Ride (Friday 4PM-8PM)! Please ask for details at Registration when you arrive.

Gates will open for Saturday’s event at 12PM. The Kentucky Derby coverage will go throughout the day Saturday on a large Jumbotron. The Official race is typically around 5:30PM. Guests will also enjoy vendors, live music and food from 12PM on.

On Saturday, the schedule (weather permitting) will include Balloon Rides (weather permitting), Helicopter Rides, Live Music, Wine and Spirit Tastings, a Farm to Table Lunch for VIP’s and the Official Kentucky Derby Jumbotron. Polo will have to be cancelled, unless we want to play water polo. All joking aside, it is just not safe for horses or players as the field has been saturated (with more rain coming).

Once you arrive on Saturday, remember to grab a Mint Julep, or two! The streets in front of Bankersmith are typically Tow Away. That said, for all those who pre-paid for parking you can park along the road. Simply place your printed receipt in your front windshield. If you do not want to pay for parking, and do not want to get towed, you will need to park at Camp Bankersmith and walk about ½ mile. If you have 4 wheel drive, bring it. And choose boots over heels. Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon will be open until 10PM for our guests to enjoy.

Balloons (weather permitting) and a Helicopter will be on the Camp Bankersmith property (8142 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg Texas) Saturday 12PM – 8PM at 8142 Old San Antonio Road. If Balloon rides are not available due to weather, all our guests with a Hot Air Balloon Ride Pass will be automatically upgraded to the Helicopter Ride (Friday 12 PM-8PM)! If there is any precipitation or winds over 5MPH, the Balloon portion of the activation will be cancelled. A rain or even wet ground surface can ruin the Balloon fabric, but more importantly make it too dangerous to inflate. The winds are actually looking great for ballooning Saturday, so it is precipitation we hope to avoid.

What should you wear? Friday is casual and on Saturday many folks get dressed up for the Kentucky Derby. But remember, this is a working Farm. Please come prepared. Our VIP Guests will have VIP Only access to our Dance Hall, plus preferred seating for the Derby. General Admission guests will also have access to tented areas, with great Jumbotron viewing and live music.

Are you ready to enjoy live music, wine, spirits, great food and the Official Kentucky Derby? So are we! Now let’s relax, pop your collar, get your drink and fashion on and come enjoy ‘The Best Party in Texas!’

A few notes:

VIP Passholders: VIP guests are welcome to enjoy Bankersmith on Friday, but our VIP Areas open on Saturday from Noon until 5PM. All drink and food activations for our VIP’s are open at that time. Not before. Not after. We look forward to seeing you!

WRISTBAND PICKUP: Avoid long lines on Saturday and come get your wristbands and parking passes on Friday at Bankersmith Dance Hall and Saloon at 7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg Texas from 4PM-6PM. No, it is not mandatory to pick up your wristbands in advance. You are welcome to do so on Saturday, but you may wait in line. WARNING: We ain’t fancy. Whoaaaa Trigger, whoa! Manage your expectations cowboy. This is a Wine, Spirit, Derby Party with a Texas twist! Please don’t come expecting a Ritz Cartlon in New York! Take a breath and get ready to enjoy the country! Goats. Chickens. Weird Neighbors. And Mo’! Our VIP Area is in the rustic ol’ Bankersmith Dance Hall. This is a little place, population 0, with lot’s of Texas character (AND characters). We have about a half a dozen local artists and bands playing throughout Saturday and will have a small, fun kids area for the kids! Just like most Texas Dance Halls (from Luckenbach to Gruene) we have NATURAL HVAC and air conditioning. What’s that? A Hill Country Breeze and Ice Cold Beer. That’s it. So come prepared. Dress appropriately.

Parking & Cash: Wireless service is nonexistent out here and ATM’s do not exist, so bring cash before you get to the farm. All VIP Passholders should arrive by Noon on Saturday to get the best parking and full value for your tickets.

WEATHER: This is a RAIN or SHINE outdoor event. You can ALSO RESCHEDULE to ANY FUTURE EVENT! If you would like to reschedule to a future event we can do that for you! While we have a strict no refund policy, we are truly sorry for any inconvenience, and we will work with each of you to reschedule your passes. You can choose from all of these: www.thebestoftexas.org We will find an event that meets your exact needs and schedule it ANYTIME in 2021 or 2022. Please email amrit@blackstonetexas.com with any questions!

Have an awesome day! Get excited!