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