Fashions impress at ladies day

By Jarryd Barca

Oaks Day – a day that has become a tradition for the ladies of Corowa – has come and gone for another year, and with it came another stellar event at the Corowa Golf Club. 

While attendance numbers were down on previous years, the buoyant atmosphere at the 2018 luncheon was much the same as women filled the room with colour and elegance. 

Many chats were had while enjoying the fine food and bubbly drinks catered by the Golf Club on the tables decorated by Katie Massari from Poppy Emporium. All this while watching the Oaks Day racing from Flemington on the big screen. 

The annual Fashions on the Field was again successfully conducted, with four prizes awarded to women who dressed to impress. 

The winner of the Best Hat award went to Corowa’s Gwen Spencer, Wodonga’s Dawn O’Toole was the Best Fascinator, Kelli Cunningham from Corowa won the People’s Choice award and Julie Cresser was the Best Dressed lady on the day for the second year in a row. 

This year’s fashion judges were Dyonne Rhodes from Miss Madeleine – a well-known milliner – and Monica Niederegger. 

“A lot of effort was put in to the dresses and fashions this year, all the ladies looked fabulous and it was a great day,” event organiser Kerryn Alexander told The Free Press.  

“Everybody was very happy and were all laughing and talking together, the best thing about the day was the camaraderie, the food and the champagne. It was a wonderful day. 

“You don’t get many chances to dress up and go out nowadays, so Oaks Day was, and always is, the perfect opportunity to do so.”

SHE Shed members Tracey and Annie were welcomed guest speakers on the day, providing the crowd with an insight into the workings of the SHE Shed and encouraging them to be a part of a “fun group”, particularly their recent ‘bra fence’ initiative. 

Golf Club General Manager Daniel Peacock thanked his guests following the award announcements.

“Thanks to everyone for coming here today and to all the organisers, congratulations on a fantastic job,” he said.

“Let’s hope to see even bigger numbers again next year, after seeing the quality of the event this year there really isn’t a reason not to come. It’s a wonderful day.

“Thanks to all of the staff who go above and beyond to make sure everyone gets the best service we can possibly offer.” 

Ms Alexander thanked MC Gavin King, the bookies who ran the sweep and put the bets on for the ladies and everyone who attended, making the day a truly enjoyable one.