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Prize Ideas and Guest Engagement Strategies for Bama Derby Events

Organizing a Derby-themed event is not just about the horse races; it's also about creating an engaging and memorable experience for the guests. At Bama Derby events, incorporating creative prize ideas and guest engagement strategies plays a crucial role in elevating the overall experience.

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Creative Prize Ideas

1. Best Dressed Awards

Recognizing guests for their Derby attire adds an element of fun and encourages them to dress up. Categories can include Best Ladies Hat, Best Mens Hat, Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man, and Best Dressed Couple. These awards not only add excitement but also serve as conversation starters.

2. Betting Winners

Acknowledging those who win at the betting games with special prizes can intensify the excitement of the races. This encourages participation in the betting process and keeps guests engaged with each race.

3. Lucky Draw

At the end of the event, hosting a lucky draw where guests can win prizes ensures that everyone stays engaged until the conclusion. This can be done by exchanging funny money for raffle tickets.

Guest Engagement Strategies


1. Interactive Announcements

Having an energetic MC or race announcer who interacts with the audience keeps the energy high. They can announce the winners of the best-dressed awards and keep guests informed about the upcoming races and activities.

2. Themed Photo Booths

Setting up themed photo booths with props related to horse racing or the Kentucky Derby theme provides guests with a fun activity and a keepsake from the event.

3. Race Tips and Guides

Providing guests with race programs that include tips on picking winners adds an educational element to the betting process and helps engage those unfamiliar with horse racing.

4. Sponsor Involvement

Incorporating sponsors into the event, such as having sponsored prizes or photo booths, can add value to the guest experience while also providing branding opportunities.

Prize ideas and guest engagement strategies are key to making Bama Derby events successful. By incorporating these elements, you not only ensure that your guests have a memorable time but also add value to your event, making it stand out as a unique and engaging experience.

Danny Brewer

Danny Brewer, President and CEO of Feel The Beat Entertainment and owner of BAMA Casino Company, brings over 30 years of experience in entertainment. He oversees teams that specialize in premium casino entertainment and top-tier customer service. His ventures, including Feel The Beat Entertainment and Cool Shots Photo Booth, cater to a diverse array of events from corporate to private parties. Renowned in the industry, Brewer is a speaker at trade shows and sets high standards for clients across various scales.

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