A sea of glitz and glamour filled the Corowa Golf Club as women enjoyed the annual Oaks Day luncheon last Thursday dressed in their finest and ready for a day full of fine food, wine and lots of chatter.
Organiser Kerryn Alexander labelled the event a huge success.
“The ladies all look glamorous and we are out here in the lounge area overlooking the golf course,” she said.
“We had 103 ladies which is a little bit down on last year, but I think they weren’t sure how the new location would work out as we are usually in the auditorium.
“We could easily fit another 20 or more women and I am sure word will get around about how good the new location was.”
The fabulously decorated tables were put together by Katie Massari from Poppy Emporium, while Neil Gorham from Ricky D’s catered the event with women enjoying a main meal of either lamb or salmon and for dessert there were brandy baskets with berries or chocolate rocky road.
The women were greeted with champagne on arrival and hors d’oeuvres, while the luncheon finished with cheese and biscuits.
Musical performer Craig McNaughton provided the entertainment for the luncheon and races were also shown on the big screen.
Guest fashions on the field judges were Eliza Brown and Monica Neideregger who had their work cut out for them.
Corowa’s Julie Cresser won the best dressed lady award with her lace aqua dress from Review in Myer, which was paired with vintage accessories from Miss Madeleine, including matching coloured gloves.
Judge Eliza Brown told the crowd that Julie looked beautiful in her aqua dress, which was matched perfectly with her gloves.
Meanwhile, people’s choice for the best dressed woman was Debbie Bilney from Corowa.
Debbie was wearing a floral dress paired with a blue headpiece and pink high heels.
Judges picked Wilma Morgan for the best hat on the day and Corowa’s Carolyn Wallis took out best fascinator.
In a first for the event, a group of regular Oaks Day attendees gave a parade in their attire which was vintage inspired.
Kerryn said the women had planned their dress theme while attending last year’s luncheon.
“They came dressed in vintage and surprised us all and even gave the crowd a run down on their inspiration and where they got their outfits from,” she said.
Corowa’s Sandra Barwick was among the group of women dressed in retro.
“My outfit is from an op-shop and I am wearing my mother’s pearl necklace,” she said.
“It’s been a great day out; it’s always a fun outing with friends.”