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The fashionable festivities surrounding opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course will be filled to the brim with excitement as the Spa caps its first weekend of the 144th summer meet with the 21st annual Hat Contest on Sunday, July 22.


This annual tradition is the highlight of the three-day Hats Off to Saratoga Festival, which celebrates the arrival of the summer racing season.


The millinery mayhem will unfold on the track apron Sunday afternoon as adults and kids compete in three distinct categories: Uniquely Saratoga; Fashionably Saratoga; and for younger trackgoers, Kreative Kids.


Registration will begin at noon under the grandstand where patrons will await their turn to flaunt fabulous headpieces. The competition will take place after the second, third and fourth races when participants parade in front of the judges for the chance to win a variety of Saratoga Race Course prizes.


“Kreative Kids” marks the first category of the afternoon and is reserved for those 18 and under. The stylish youngsters will be competing for gift cards, Saratoga Race Course merchandise, and other prizes to be announced.


The category appropriately entitled “Fashionably Saratoga” invites contestants to don their most elegant hats for the judges after the third race.

Following the fourth race, the most original artisans and architects will go head-to-head for the title of “Uniquely Saratoga.” Past efforts in this category have even included a battery operated horse race atop a hat.

All contestants will compete for a grand prize and trophy, plus category prizes such as a betting voucher, gift cards, and other great prizes.  The panel of judges will be announced soon. 

The Hat Contest is the culmination of opening weekend at Saratoga Race Course which kicks off on Friday, July 20. The celebration includes the running of the Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday, July 21. Friday and Saturday nights will feature live music in downtown Saratoga Springs as part of the annual Hats Off to Saratoga Festival.




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