The Romp!

The Romp!

November 8-10, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Romp! Colonels from across the United States and the world come to Louisville to celebrate the Colonels’ rich history and the good works you all do for the Commonwealth. This year, Romp! will be held on Veterans Day Weekend and we will pay special recognition to our Colonels who are veterans. Can’t wait to see you in November! Please note this event is for active Colonels.


WWII Film Screening of the USS Indianapolis: The Legacy

Bellarmine University, Amy Cralle Theater / 6:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy a special evening with Colonels at Bellarmine University for a reception and film screening of the documentary, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy. The reception will begin at 6:00pm with special guests, Kentucky Veterans of the Year, followed by the WWII documentary at 7:00pm.


Louisville Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Louisville / 9:00am-1:00pm

Join fellow Colonels as we honor our veterans in the Louisville Veterans Day Parade. Kentucky Colonels who are veterans are welcome to march in the parade and all are welcome to pay their respects as spectators. There will be a continental breakfast available at 9:00am with the buses leaving Marriott Louisville East at 10:00am. The parade begins at 11:00am and the buses will return to the hotel immediately following the parade. This year, the parade will be honoring the 100th year of Fort Knox.


Private Bourbon Tasting with Colonel Fred Minnick

Marriott Louisville East / 5:30pm-6:30pm

Back by popular demand! This year’s bourbon expert is Wall Street Journal best-selling author and veteran, Colonel Fred Minnick. He will share his favorite bourbons with fellow Colonels. Colonel Minnick is an “American Spirit” columnist and critic for Whisky Advocate. He is the contributing editor to Whisky Magazine and has also contributed to the New York Times, Time Magazine, Maxim, USA Today, Scientific American and many others. Space is limited!


Welcome Reception & Cocktail Party

Marriott Louisville East / 6:00pm-10:30pm

Join Colonels as we celebrate our rich history, good works, and veterans. Guests will enjoy delicious food, a bourbon tasting, performances by Good Works Program grantees and dancing to the sounds of Caribou. All veterans in attendance will receive a special veteran pin.


Colonels’ Day at the Races

Churchill Downs / 11:30am-Final Race

Come out for a day of Thoroughbred racing! You will spend the day on the famous Millionaires Row 4 at historic Churchill Downs. You and your guests will enjoy lunch, plenty of opportunities to wager on the horses and the best view of the finish line.


Registration and Hotel Accommodations

Additional event options are available in the registration below.

As of July 1, 2018 Kentucky will now require sales tax to be added to tickets. Kentucky Colonels Romp! tickets will be subject to 6% sales tax.


If you need assistance with making a reservation at the Marriott Louisville East, please call 502-491-1184.