Women dressed to im­press

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

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. Mi­cador Clay Jew­ellery Kit Work Bench & Me­chan­i­cal Drill

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.” Maped Marker Jun­gle In­no­va­tion Bkids Tub Time Wa­ter Park Play Set

Oaks Day or­gan­is­ers Sue Pat­ton, Florence Hud­son, Jutta Wheat­ley and Ker­ryn Alexan­der toast to the day’s suc­cess.

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.

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