CAPE York ladies Sue Land and Sally Eales shone among the elegance and style of the Cairns Amateurs Fashions on the Field, but in a series of controversial decisions, failed to nab a prize.
Sue travelled all the way from Weipa for two days of fashions, wearing custom dresses and fascinators by Mareeba-based Milva Carucci Designs and Sonlia Fashion.
Cooktown’s Sally wore Sonlia, Millinery by Mel and Mackenzie Mode.
The many experienced fashionistas in stunning on-trend outfits were left bewildered as the celebrity judges awarded the prizes to a series of women dress in outfits the judges described as “quirky”.
However, both ladies remained in high spirits, with Ms Land saying she also planned to attend the Mareeba Boxing Day Races later this year.
“I love supporting the Far North,” she said.
“I’ve only just started entering Fashions; I won the golden lady category at last year’s Mareeba races and also went to Melbourne Cup for the first time last year and made it to the finals – it was so cold though!
“I haven’t been to Laura Races yet, but I’ve heard it’s really good and I’m planning to go.”
Sally will no doubt look to bounce back at November’s Cooktown race meeting.