This sounds like something out of the Duff Beer factory tour on The Simpsons: This weekend, Churchill Downs will boast a 6 ft.-tall, 206 gallon mint julep. The Early Times concoction, located at the Paddock area near Gate 17, will come complete with a mint sprig and straw. It will be a fully-functional dispenser, capable of serving more than 5,000 juleps. On Derby and Oaks days, it will be the main filling station for julep vendors -- the guys who yell, "MINT JUUUUU-LEP!"
Keep Barney and Homer away from the fountain, and check back here tomorrow for more on the much maligned julep.