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Fashions impress judges

Monday, 16th March, 2020

Fashion judges (left) Melissa Barnes, Mija Reynolds and Cathryn Meredith at the race course on Saturday. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Fashion judges (left) Melissa Barnes, Mija Reynolds and Cathryn Meredith at the race course on Saturday. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The judges were impressed with the quality of entrants at this year’s St Pat’s Fashions of the Field with Yvette Pomroy taking the main prize for the second year in a row.

Judges Melissa Barnes, Mija Reynolds and Cathryn Meredith were blown away with the quality of entrants for St Pat’s Fashions on the weekend.

After the event, former local Mija said she was “chuffed” to be invited to judge the fashions this year.

“I’ve still got family here, so it was great to come back,” she said.

“I haven’t been to St Pat’s in about 11 years.

“I always wanted to come back to enter the fashions, but I was excited to be asked to judge.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity.”

Mija said while there were a lower number of entrants due to the wild winds and dust; the quality was outstanding.

“It’s been a really high standard.

“It takes a lot to get up there despite the weather.

“I think that was the biggest opponent today. The entrants all handled themselves really well.

“It was just such a high standard.”

Fashion co-ordinator Holly Howard said there were lower entries in some categories, but Paddy of the Course and Colleen of the Course were well contested.

“The quality was really amazing, as always, a lot of effort goes into everyone’s outfits for Broken Hill’s biggest day out.

“And we love putting this event on for the community.

“The boys really got into it this year. The crowd always loves the Paddy category.

“The millinery is always amazing, and a lot of the entrants made their own hats.

“It’s great to see people still enjoying the day out.”

Junior Colleen Zahli Finch with her white ensemble and Junior Paddy went to Luka Ratchford.

Miss Teen Mahaila Denton impressed with her bright matching pink pant and top outfit.

Mahaila said she wanted to do something different and thought a bright colour would be the way to go.

Colleen of the Course Yvette Pomroy went back to back after taking out last year’s event. 

“With St Pat’s I thought I had to go with the theme and pick a green outfit,” she said.

“I had the skirt made, and I’ve had the hat for about four years.

“I just spray painted it green and had many late nights with the hot glue gun putting the gold on.

“It was about six months in the making.

“I was elated to have won, I’m blown away.”

Yvette travelled from Mildura to attend the event.

“I love coming up to Broken Hill for St Pat’s.”

Paddy of the Course Jeff Ross with a lighter suit caugth the judge’s eye.

“My wife picked it, and I matched the dress that she wore,” he said.

“I thought there might be a couples’ category. But I’m surprised to have won.

“The boys at work might take it out on me; though.”

Most Stylish Lady Jo Gall said the florals caught her eye on her dress.

“I purchased it from a racewear millinery website.

“The florals appealed to me and took my eye.

“I found the outfit photographs well. It all flows.

“I’m so happy to have won, I won in 2012/2013, but I thought one of the other women might win it.”

Most Elegant Lady went to Sheryl Rowlands with her matching hat and dress.

She purchased the Dion Lee outfit from Melbourne and got a milliner to match the hat with the outfit.

“It was a milliner who designs theatre headwear.

“I’m thrilled to have one, with the high calibre of judges I’m so honoured to have been chosen.

“There were many lovely fashions out here today.”

The Millinery Award went to Mercedes Tonkin for her unique fascinator.

“It’s from Leanne Millinery, and I purchased it doing the week,” she said.

“I wasn’t planning on coming, but I didn’t want to miss out.

“I think the fascinator won because it is unique. I think that it was very different helps.”

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