So much for the ponies.

Village Connections officials believe barbecue is a better bet.

The German Village nonprofit organization, which provides support services to those 50 years old and older, is scrapping the traditional Derby Day event in favor of Beach Party BBQ, to be held Feb. 24 at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Village Connections has held the Derby Day fundraiser the same day as the Kentucky Derby in May for the past three years.

"We were just competing with a lot of other events, not just in German Village but everywhere," said Kristen Schweitzer, executive director of Village Connections. "So, we're trying something new."

Simply Delicious will do the catering for Beach Party BBQ, to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $60 and includes barbecue, an open bar and live entertainment. Tickets are available at

People of all ages are encouraged to don beach attire and attend.

"We're going to pretend it's summer," Schweitzer said.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a group of friends to mingle and learn more about Village Connections, she said.

"Other people in the community come and our volunteers come and people who support us," Schweitzer said. "They just want to party."

Ed Elberfeld, a volunteer and member of Village Connections, is in charge of decorations for the party.

Elberfeld said people can expect a large beach-appropriate mural, plus inflatable palm trees, beach balls and similar effects.

He said the first 50 people through the door will receive grass skirts and flower leis.

A surfboard will be attached to the top of Elberfeld's ubiquitous pedicab as he traverses the neighborhood selling tickets.

"We don't want a single weekend going by that people don't have a party to go to," Elberfeld said.