Striking a pose on race day

Kira Halborson looks to the sky under her patterned hat.
Kira Halborson looks to the sky under her patterned hat.

By Emma Cornford

More than just horses parade on Grafton Cup day.

This year, the Fashions on the Field competition brought out stunning outfits, exquisite hats and even jockey costumes as people vied for the five titles on offer ? best hat, best dressed male, best dressed female, best dressed couple and best novelty outfit.

Winner of the best dressed female section, Rochelle Pereira, who is originally from Grafton but now lives in Brisbane, beat a huge field of contestants with her captivating outfit from Blooms in Brisbane.

"It's pretty exciting," she said.

"I'm just down here for the carnival ? I come every year."

Best hat went to frequent racegoer Maureen Belinfante, from Bateau Bay on the central coast, for a feathered brown number she picked up in Adelaide.

"I bought it when I was down in Adelaide for the races," she said.

"I come to the races here every year. They don't hold the race meet if I'm not here," she said with a laugh, clutching the massive bunch of red roses which was part of her prize.

Winner of the novelty section, Seelands resident Darren Evans, said he'd dressed up as a jockey this year to try and get more people into the novelty section ? and to get himself a free carton of beer.

"I'm actually a jockey as well ? but I lost my horse in the last race."

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