Classic outfit outshines the field on race day
Fashion in the Field judges preferred classic black and white to ethereal floaty numbers at this year's Nelson races.
Despite the poor weather, organisers of the Interislander Summer Festival Nelson Harness Races were happy to see just under 6000 people attend on Friday and Sunday at Richmond Park.
Fashion in the field co-ordinator Barbara Kotua said there was a high level of well dressed contestants.
Of the 40 entrants in the women's category, Angela Miller, of Stoke, took home first place with her classic monochrome adorned with a horse print ensemble.
Miss Miller said there was an overwhelming number of entrants who looked really great, and it was nerve-racking.
Her competitors had "more floaty, frilly and girly" outfits.
She was surprised by the win, saying her friends had coerced her into entering.
Her outfit took about three weeks to put together.
Miss Miller won a $700 pair of glasses, a $300 shopping voucher and $200 worth of skincare products.
Ms Kotua said the judges painstakingly chose the six finalists, who each received a $50 voucher.
Jarad Illingworth won the men's section, which overall was a mixed bag, she said. There were only 14 entries, a number she attributed to Nelson modesty.
"Perhaps Nelson men are a bit shy to get up there and have a go."
Event co-ordinator Chris Butler, of CB Marketing, said he was pretty happy with the outcome of the racing festival.
After the torrential downpour on Friday morning, it was quite miraculous there were blue skies in the afternoon.
There were 1000 fewer people than last year but they were great crowds who betted more.
Considering the poor weather, it was wonderful to see so many people out and about.
He was very happy with the support from sponsors, the helpers, the committee members and the crowds.
"It is a huge event that took almost a year to plan and more than a week to set up, it is funny that the one thing that we can't control could potentially jeopardise the whole thing," Mr Butler said.
In his fifth year of co-ordinating the races, Mr Butler said he found Nelson always came to the party.