As the crowds poured into the racecourse at Kerang for the annual cluBarham Kerang Cup I was eagerly scouring the crowds for potential entrants in the Fashions on the Field competition. Local Magazine along with the ever lovely Bree Laughlin had been asked again to sponsor and judge the event.
Although there weren’t as many entrants as we had judged at the Boxing Day Races the competition was fierce. Luckily for us there were a number of categories as picking single winner would have been a very tough task indeed.
An unfortunate accident which left a jockey waiting to be air lifted to Melbourne held up the races for some time and so it was decided that the fashions would start earlier than originally planned.
As Easter is traditionally a family day at the races there were a large number of children in the Kerang Sports & Toys Mr & Miss Junior Racegoer categories and as always this was the hardest category to pick as they all looked amazing and had gone to a lot of effort. Alice was the eventual winner only narrowly beating out her little sister. Her dress of crochet and latte rosettes was definitely a showstopper though. As there was only one boy in the junior competition this was less tricky to judge.
There were 3 gorgeous young ladies who entered into the Wisharts Jewellers Fashionable Young Racegoer category and the prize went to a Jordan Hogg of Lake Boga who wore a crisp white maxi dress and a striking headpiece.
Next came the Gravity Clothing Gent of the Day and although there were only three fine fellas in this section it was no less challenging. We had a very distinguished gentleman in a beautifully cut suit, a classic race goer and a lad who had put quite a lot of effort into his all white attire, having had it recently made in Thailand. In the end we couldn’t goats the first gentleman, as we have said time and time again nothing beats a well cut suit on a man. It helped that his young son stood by him the whole judging to up the cuteness factor too!
We moved on to the Husk St & Surf Husk of the Day category but as it came to our attention that the races would be held up a little longer still we decided to have all the entrants for the remaining categories make their way up to the stage and winners were selected from the group.
The Husk St & Surf Husk of the Day award went to Kate Bottcher who stood out in a gorgeous matching cream vintage dress and hat with complementary suede burgundy wedges and matching lipstick.
The Adele’s Shoe Gallery Most Sensational Shoes went to Yolanda with her gorgeous latte colored stiletto booties.
The Intricut Hair Design Most Fashionable Headwear was taken out by Judy Wilkinson of Kerang with a classic black hat that oozed sophistication and class.
Anna Palmer of Echuca took out the Terry White Chemist Lady of the Day in a stunning fitted Manning Cartell printed Bodice style dress and sweeping black hat.
And last but most definitely not least, Katherine Langyon of Boort was the recipient of the Local Magazine Best Dressed Racegoer. Katherine wore a gorgeous cocktail length blue and white print dress with a blue hat and blue peep toe heels. When we spoke with Katherine afterwards she said she was an avid reader of Local Magazine and revealed she had picked up her dress on a recent trip to Los Angeles (lucky girl). She is also the mother of Alice who won the Miss Junior Racegoer title so it was a great day out for the family.
Katherine was the lucky winner of a voucher and gorgeous necklace and earrings from The Tailored Peach in Victoria St Kerang, a big thank you to e girls for helping is out with that and I’m sure Katherine will love it.
Due to the unexpectedly large number of groups in op-shop or novelty costumes for the event a separate category was created specifically for them which created a bit of fun for the crowd. Below is the winner by declaration of the loudest cheer from the crowd.
We had an absolute ball judging the Fashion on the Field and would like to thank Scott from Country Racing and everyone from the Kerang Turf Club for including us in the day.