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27th Annual Hat Contest

  • two women wearing fancy hats
  • blue hat with fake duck and grass on it
  • woman wearing a tall wacky hat with pink and white flowers
  • woman wearing a tall hat with red flowers
  • three women with decorated hats
  • two kids with saratoga race course themed hats
  • four women wearing colorful hats
  • man wearing a hat covered in small objects
  • woman with a giant hat in the shape of a cake
  • kids standing near the race track
  • man with a patriotic hat with flags
  • woman with a hat in the shape of a carousel
  • woman with a fancy hat in the shape of the race track's winner's circle
  • two women with colorful hats posing for the camera
  • two women with fancy hats
  • a kid with tall decorated hat
  • a hat with orange and yellow decorations
  • woman waving to crowd with pink roses hat
  • view of decorated hats from afar
  • woman with a wide flowing hat
  • woman wearing a large pink hat
  • 27th Annual Hat Contest (22)
When: Sunday, Jul 22, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Hundreds of contestants will don creative and fashionable head toppers on Sunday to compete in what has become a staple of Opening Weekend at Saratoga Race Course: the 27th annual Hat Contest. Registration begins at noon under the grandstand for three categories. Hats will be judged after the second, third and fourth races on the track apron.

Kreative Kids marks the first category of the afternoon and is reserved for those 18 and under. Participants will vie for the first, second and third place prizes of fascinators from Hat Sationa! By DEI.

The Fashionably Saratoga category invites contestants to wear elegant and stylish hats after the third race. Following the fourth race, the most original artisans will compete in the Uniquely Saratoga category.

The grand prize winner in both the Fashionably and Uniquely Saratoga category will each receive a $100 gift certificate to Hat Sationa! by DEI. Second and third place winners will receive $50 and $25 gift certificates from Hat Sationa! by DEI, respectively. All gift certificates to Hat Sationa! by DEI are valid at both of the hat retailer's locations in Saratoga Springs: 322 Broadway and 510 Broadway.

The day's winners will be selected by a panel of judges from FLY 92.3, B95.5, 99.5 the River, and Q103. Mary Wilson of News10 ABC will serve as the emcee of this year's Hat Contest.


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