Fab­u­lous fash­ion at Stawell Gift

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Stawell Easter gift car­ni­val or­gan­is­ers are in fi­nal prepa­ra­tion mode as they pre­pare for an in­flux of ath­letes, fam­i­lies, sport­ing en­thu­si­asts and hol­i­day-mak­ers for the an­nual meet­ing.

While Friday night in­cludes a host of ac­tiv­i­ties at Stawell Town Hall – in­clud­ing a cal­cutta, call of the card and hall of fame pre­sen­ta­tions – Satur­day pro­vides the first op­por­tu­nity to see the run­ners in ac­tion.

Al­though much of the at­ten­tion sur­rounds the gift heats, the spot­light tem­po­rar­ily shifts to the gar­den area dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

Satur­day is ladies day at Cen­tral Park, high­lighted by an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar fash­ions on the field com­pe­ti­tion.

Long-time or­gan­iser Joan Macpher­son said the com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ued to go from strength to strength.

“Over the years we’ve got rid of the short skirts and the ladies are con­tin­u­ing to pull to­gether looks you would see at the au­tumn or spring rac­ing car­ni­vals, de­pend­ing on the weather,” she said.

“Judg­ing is such a dif­fi­cult job be­cause of the in­creas­ing num­ber of en­trants plus the high qual­ity of their out­fits. They all look so lovely and con­tinue to raise the bar.

“The men look great too. The men’s sec­tion is also grow­ing. It’s a lot of fun and it al­ways draws a big crowd. There are some fan­tas­tic prizes on of­fer, too.”

Lady of the day will win $1000 and the Bil­lie Jo Petersen memo­rial sash, named in hon­our of the late sprinter and fash­ions on the field en­trant.

Second prize is two pairs of Maui Jim sun­glasses, third prize is one pair of Maui Jim sun­glasses and the best hat win­ner will col­lect a $100 Gift Ho­tel voucher. The men’s win­ner will re­ceive a $100 Gift Ho­tel voucher and a pair of Maui Jim sun­glasses. En­trants will be judged at 3.30pm.

“Be­ing ‘ladies day’, the first 200 women through the gate will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary glass of sparkling wine,” Mrs Macpher­son said.

Sun­day is Cad­bury Fam­ily Day and chil­dren will have an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an Easter egg hunt, ath­letic clinic and Kelly Sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mon­day will fea­ture Stawell Gift and women’s gift semi-fi­nals and fi­nals.

Mrs Macpher­son en­cour­aged peo­ple to make the most of an ac­tion-packed timetable.

Peo­ple can visit www.stawell­gift.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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