THE SECRET to being the most stylish lady on Melbourne Cup Day, according to vintage fashion boutique owner Anne Bootch, is finding a unique garment you feel expresses yourself.

"Don't be afraid to be yourself and don't be afraid to look a little crazy," said Ms Bootch.

Ms Bootch will be putting on a fashion show at the Clarence River Jockey Club today and selling outfits from her shop Nice Rack.

All proceeds from the event will help pay for new equipment at Grafton Base Hospital.

The two-course lunch starts at noon, with the fashion parade at 1pm.

Tickets are $35 and will be available at the door.

Cup fever will take hold of the Clarence Valley today with those who didn't manage to make the journey south to Victoria still enjoying the spoils of Flemington on their own doorsteps.

Below are just some of the events being held for the Melbourne Cup today.


Grafton District Services Club

Luncheon 12.30pm. Three-course meal for $20, bookings essential.

Clocktower Hotel

Cup Day luncheon: buy a meal and receive a free glass of champagne, 11.30am-2.30pm.

Prizes for best dressed man, lady and best hat.

Special board $10.90. Bookings advisable.

Roches Family Hotel

Free bubbles on arrival and a red or white wine with every meal.

Free make-up patch-ups.

Bistro opens 11.30am.

Vines at 139

Three-course lunch with complimentary glass of champagne from 12.30pm. Tickets $35, bookings essential.

Village Green

$20 lunch in the restaurant. Free dessert, garlic bread and glass of champagne with all meals.

$5 hamburgers in bar.

South Grafton

Good Intent Hotel

Live entertainment from 3.30-7.30pm.

Chinese meals from noon-2pm.

South Grafton Services Club

Melbourne Cup Day buffet 12-2pm. Prizes for best dressed and best hat. Mystery trifecta with all meals. Meals $16.

Great Northern

Watch the cup on the big screen. Champagne and nibbles.

Post Office Hotel

Music by Tex Austin starts 2pm.

Walker's Marina Hotel

Open from 9am, sweepstakes. $9 lunch specials.

Up and down river

Pacific Hotel Yamba

Three-course lunch from noon-3pm. Mystery trifecta and best dressed table wins a bottle of Moet. Tickets $39, includes a free champagne

Yamba Golf Club

Buffet lunch noon. Mystery trifecta, fashion parade, games and prizes. Tickets $30, bookings essential.

Yamba Bowling Club

Seafood buffet from 11am. Fashion parade by Totalook. Entertainment by Little Fish after race. Tickets $30 bookings essential.

Maclean Services Club

Lunches in the bistro from $10.

Lawrence Tavern

Bistro and heaps of sweepstakes. Fancy dress prizes.

Rest Point Family Hotel, Copmanhurst

Chicken, prawn and champagne lunch. $18 per head, bookings essential.

Coutts Crossing Tavern

Melbourne Cup lunch specials. Best hat prizes and giveaways. Free courtesy bus.

Read more about the cup's link to the Valley in Debrah Novak's editorial on page 8 and send any Melbourne Cup day photos you take to

Tomorrow's UNWIND will also feature a spread on Derby Day and Cup fashions.

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