STYLE QUEENS: Fashions on the field winner Kim Zerner and runner-up Bec Rogers.
STYLE QUEENS: Fashions on the field winner Kim Zerner and runner-up Bec Rogers. Kirstin Payne

Punters frock up for Warwick Picnic Races

AT THE grand old age of 120, the Warwick Picnic Races are still a hit with some of Queensland's most fashionable racegoers.

More than 400 of the state's best dressed were at Allman Park on Saturday afternoon soaking up one of the best days out Warwick has on offer.

Plaids, tweed and full beards dominated the male punters' wardrobe to create a real throwback to old-world charm.

For the ladies, colours bright enough to give a jockey a run for their money remained a clear winner when blocked with neutrals.

Even tiny tots at the family friendly afternoon were keen to make their mark in the fashion world.

"My daughter couldn't wait to dress like mummy today," Sandra Wright from Brisbane said about her five-year-old Taylah.

"I wasn't sure she would wear the big flower but she loves it now she has seen all the older girls wearing one," Mrs Wright said.

Jessica Faulkner.
Jessica Faulkner.

With all attendees wearing their best, competition for the title of best dressed was tough.

Kim Zerner took out first place in the Rose City Fashions on the Field competition.

Her classic knee-length red and black floral number, which tied in beautifully with her intricate fascinator, caught the judges' eye.

In the men' section, Brisbane's Ben Splatt took out the title, proving plaid certainly wasn't bad in his all-patterned suit and matching tie.

Out-of-town visitors made up a huge component of revellers at the annual event, some travelling from as far as Byron Bay and Dalby.

"We come to Warwick almost every year," Dalby resident Bev Stanley said. "We used to bring our children before they moved away; now they bring themselves."

Mrs Stanley and her family had been attending the picnic races ever since they visited Warwick on a whim with friends.

"We just love it here," she said.

More than 100 attendees continued the celebrations into the evening at the Warwick Turf Club black-tie Calcutta on Saturday night.



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