Macca Springer and Emma Silke-French claimed first place in their fashion categories. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Fashion rules the racetrack


No race day is complete without a fashion competition for best attire and Nelson didn’t hold back on Sunday at the annual Summer Festival Harness Racing.

The competition saw everything from the classic Little Black Dress to greens, blues and the ultimately top fashion pick of a bright yellow and pink dress.

The men’s category offered just as much variety, with a classic tweed suit winning out over the more flamboyant stripe and shorts options.

Emma Silke-French purchased her gorgeous yellow and pink dress online and made everything else work with it and judge Ange Leonard said she was definitely “the whole package”.

“I think yellow was the colour this year, there was just something about it that was nice and vibrant.”

Ange, along with fellow judges Yvonne Bowater and Claire Scott, took in the whole outfit right down to the shoes and the head pieces.

Macca Springer was sitting down for a coffee with his parents when they bought up the idea of entering the competition.

He took out first place in the men’s category with his tweed suit from Nelson Tailors Menswear. “They sorted me out with an outfit. They put it together and I tried it on, and we all just thought ‘yip that looks good’.”

Ange says Macca’s outfit was something “very different” to what they’ve had on the podium in previous year.

“I just loved his suit and the cheese cutter hat, it was very cool.”

The winners took home a share of $3000 worth of prizes from local fashion stores.