05/03/2012 08:18 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson And More Celebs In Wild Hats At The Kentucky Derby (PHOTOS)

Celebrities, socialites and equestrians alike will be off to the races this weekend as the starting gun sounds off for the 138th Kentucky Derby. It's a grand American affair that is sure to be replete with frilly Southern belles, mint juleps and of course, over-the-top headwear. Though many travel to Churchill Downs for the love of the sport, some are much more interested in the spectators' style.

Over the last several years, celebrities like Kim Kardasian, Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie have stepped out in some seriously outlandish toppers. So to celebrate this year's festivities, we're taking a look back at some of the best Derby hats. Vote on all the looks in the slideshow below.

In related news, can you guess who was named "Hat Person of the Year"?

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Derby Hats

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that The Kentucky Derby takes place in Arlington, Kentucky. The post has been updated to include the correct location of the race at Churchill Downs.