Here’s look­ing at you kids

Clothes sourced from far and wide to im­press the judges

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - Les­ley Apps

IT WAS all about the kids at Sun­day’s Maclean Bowling Club Maclean Cup when pint-sized race­go­ers and young fash­ion­istas took cen­tre stage for their own Fash­ions on the Field event.

More than 100 young­sters dressed in their Sun­day best to com­pete in the pop­u­lar Tar­get spon­sored com­pe­ti­tion.

The cute fac­tor on the July Car­ni­val’s fi­nal race day was un­de­ni­able as girls and boys (and their par­ents) did an amaz­ing job pulling to­gether out­fits to show their sup­port and win some great prizes.

RACING fash­ions reached a pin­na­cle on the fi­nal race meet­ing of the July Car­ni­val – Maclean Cup Day – the day the kids get to take over the track and the stage.

Prob­a­bly in the most com­pet­i­tive and busiest days of all, the Grafton Shop­ping­world Fash­ions on the Field event, more than 100 chil­dren vied for prizes across five cat­e­gories on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The sun shone al­most as brightly as the smiles that took front and cen­tre on stage as they all did their best to im­press the judges.

Top­ping the en­tries was the Best Dressed Lit­tle Lady cat­e­gories which com­prised five heats to find the fi­nal­ists in the 1-6 yrs and 7-12 yrs sec­tions.

Tak­ing out the very cute fi­nals in the 1-6 yrs was two-year-old Catalina Ven­neri whose fam­ily-friendly en­sem­ble came from far and wide, her mum Michelle said.

“She’s wear­ing her grandma’s dress and Ital­ian shoes which came from Canada, her aunt’s hat and I made the purse for her,” she said.

Teamed with a lo­cally bought Tar­get vest, Catalina wasn’t quite sure what was go­ing on but didn’t seem to be fazed by all the at­ten­tion.

Run­ner-up Makybe Sin­clair, 6, had a help­ing hand from her mum Jayd Urquhart who was a fi­nal­ist in the Best Dressed Lady on

Grafton Cup.

“It’s nice for her to be able to dress up too,” Jayd said.

Makybe wore a Tar­get skirt and cus­tom-made flo­ral head­piece, with the rest of her pas­tel en­sem­ble sourced from Cot­ton On.

St Mary’s stu­dent Judy Ir­win, 8, took out the 7-12 yrs cat­e­gory wear­ing her birthday dress and a few items bor­rowed from fam­ily and friends.

“This is my sis­ter’s bag and the hat I bor­rowed from one

of mum’s friends.

“And these are my con­fir­ma­tion shoes,” Judy said.

Run­ner-up Aria Barnes, 8, is no stranger to fash­ion as she and her sis­ter have their own In­sta­gram ac­count, Lit­tle Fash­ion Sis­ters.

A lot of el­e­ments made up Aria’s racing-themed en­sem­ble in­clud­ing a cape, fur col­lar, race­horse print dress, tights, shoes, bag and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­ces­sories.

Most of the items were new ex­cept for mum Re­nae’s hat which has been around for a cou­ple of decades.

“Some came from In­sta­gram com­pa­nies while most of the ac­ces­sories came from Big W and Strand­bags here in Grafton,” Re­nae said.

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

HOW DO YOU DO?: A tip of the hat from Best Dressed LIt­tle Gent (1-6yrs) win­ner Noah Paul on Maclean Cup day.

FASH­ION SENSE: 1-6 yrs girls run­ner-up Makybe Sin­clair (left) and win­ner Catalina Ven­neri on Cup Day.

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