Ladies, Hats, and Horses—A Divine Day in Devon
By Inna Race
Wednesday morning, May 27th, 2015. The weather report promised severe thunderstorms and damaging winds…
But with the help of prayers from several hundreds of gorgeous ladies and dozen of handsome gentlemen, it turned out to be one beautiful sunny event at the Pavilion,
as the ladies flowed and flooded through the gates in their most exquisite, ornate hats and fascinators.
They were eagerly anticipating another amazing tradition at Devon: Ladies’ Day.
The event dates back to the early 1900’s, the first of which took place on the same day as the ladies’ sidesaddle competition.
Presently, Ladies’ Day occupies an honored spot in the crème de la crème of events during the Devon Horse Show and County Fair.
We at Private Paparazzi Productions had the tremendous privilege of seeing it with our own eyes for the second consecutive year, where the turnout for the hat contest was one of the most creative and fun crowds of ladies thus far.
The vast array of hats that dotted and sprinkled the grounds of Devon was certainly an impressive sight to see.
This year, the ladies were exceptionally dedicated to creating their own unique style and certainly made it a difficult task for the judges to vote on the best hats in the four major categories.
The winners in each category were as follows: Best Hat and Purse – Pam Targan; Most Fascinating (or best fascinator) – Amy Holzapfel; Best Hat to Toe – Patti Lynn Fitzgerald; Best in Show – Pam Bastings.
Best in Show won the Grand Prize which was a 30 day lease on a Jaguar from Land Rover Main Line, a gift certificate from Lisa DiJoseph, Box #1 for a day and evening, and the Devon family fun pack.
The other three category winners each received a Tory Burch gift box, which contained either a luxury skincare certificate or luxury fragrances valued at $500.
Gordana LoncarDirectly following the hat contest was a festive cocktail reception with live music and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a delicious luncheon for the guests to enjoy.
Several chose to make a full day of it, enjoying a Champagne luncheon at the Garden Café. Music filled the air, while the delicious morsels and Champagne bubbles filled everyone’s mouths that could neither stop watering nor smiling.
Thanks to the generous sponsors for supporting Ladies Day: Philadelphia Style Magazine, Malvern Federal Bank, Kellmer Jewelers, Lilly Pulitzer, Cottage Flowers Floral Design, Cut Flower Exchange, Lunetta, Trish McEvoy, Nordstrom King of Prussia, Currie Hair – Skin and Nails, Kate Spade, Golia Vodka and Land Rover Main Line.
A special thank-you goes out to the following judges who participated in the Ladies Hat Contest to make it another successful triumph: Carson Kressley, Tak Papariello from Main Line Land Rover, Laurie Wightman from Wayne Magazine, Brenda Waites Boling Millinery, Chloe Johnston from CJ Tours, Kristin Detterline from Philadelphia Style Magazine and Joe Gangemi from Malvern Bank.
We can not wait to see more beautiful creations from talented Milica in the Hat Millinery, Jill Henning, Tiffany Archard Arey, and up and coming milliner Zoya Egan.
May the horses continue to race into Victory, and may the ladies continue to shine in their glamour!
The Private Paparazzi Productions team savored every moment.
It’s time to start thinking of ideas for the next year contest!
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