FRIENDS (from left) Sharee Asquith, Joy Johns and Wendy Bell were among about 100 ladies enjoying an Oaks Day ladies luncheon at the Wangaratta Turf Club yesterday.
Of particular interest was race four at Flemington, where Wangaratta trainer John Ledger had his starter Frankly Harvey race.
Ladies enjoyed watching the races and fashions from Flemington on the big screen while being treated to local food, wine and entertainment.
THE lack of horses at the Wangaratta Turf Club yesterday was no problem for racegoers at the Oaks Day Ladies Luncheon.
Instead, fashion and gourmet local food from Sam Miranda were highlights for about 100 women attending the event.
It was clear from the sea of colour and decadent fascinators that many had dressed to impress.
Wangaratta businesses donated presents to be raffled off as part of a fundraiser for Love Your Sister, a charity organisation founded by Connie and Sam Johnson to support cancer research.
About $2000 was raised by ladies purchasing $1 raffle tickets on the day.
The ladies could watch Flemington fashions and races on the big screen and were treated to live music from Wangaratta duo Scott Solimo and Amanda Baxter.
One attendee, Gloria Clewer, had won $100 from the Wangaratta Chronicle’s cup sweep and was hopeful her winnings would continue.
“Today has been really good, I found out I won $100 on a cup sweep,” she said.
“I haven’t won anything else today but I’m working on it.
“I have been coming every year since the Oaks Day Ladies Luncheons started.”
Another attendee, Kylie Coatsworth, agreed that the day was a lot of fun and had even booked a table with friends and family each year.
“It’s been wonderful, we have had lots of fun today,” she said.
The fun-fever had even spread to a group of Northeast Health Wangaratta nurses, who were utilising their day off to attend the luncheon for the first time.
Nurse Bree McClen said they would consider making it an annual event after having so much fun, with friend Lyn Malone winning money.
“We’re here for a bit of fun for once,” Ms McClen laughed.
“This is our first time coming but we might come every year from now on.”
Wangaratta Turf Club sales and events manager, Nadine Roach, was pleased to see such a high number of women enjoying themselves at the luncheon.
“We’ve had a great day, it’s such a fun day for the ladies,” she said.
FUN-CHEON: Northeast Health Wangaratta nurses (from left) Heather Greaves, Andrea Hogan, Bree McClen, Paula Henry and Lyn Malone were excited to have a bit of fun on their day off.
FASCINATING: Alissa Rhodes and Kylie Coatsworth were pleased to spend Oaks Day with their friends and family.
BACK AGAIN: Oaks Day luncheon frequent attendees Liz Cassingham and Gloria Clewer were hopeful they could take home some winnings.