Kentucky Derby Party Pics

I spent last Saturday judging a hat contest at the North Dakota Horsepark’s Kentucky Derby Party and it was soooo much fun.

I went vintage for the occasion, busting out a jaunty green hat that I hadn’t worn yet and a pair of fabulous green wedges.

Vintage hats feel more dressed-up to me, so the Kentucky Derby was a perfect occasion to go all out..and even go old school and match my hat and my shoes.


Multiple levels of Fargo’s Howard Johnson hotel and the attached Sidestreet Grille & Pub were packed with race fans and there were so many great hats that I just had to share some of the photos.

This is the lovely Darthy. Her dreamy hat won First Prize in the hat contest.

I loved the hat’s sense of movement, balanced composition and use of negative space. That’s a lot to pull off in one hat!

Like Darthy, about half of the ladies made or customized their hats.

Most added ribbons and tulle…

…while some of the entries were more playful…


Bar lighting is notoriously fickle, so not all of the photos made it to the blog, but these shots should give you lots of ideas on what to wear to next year’s Kentucky Derby parties and to the track this summer.


In case you hadn’t heard, the North Dakota Horse Park is open for three weekends in 2014 — July 19 and 20, July 26 and 27 and August 2 and 3 — so you’ll have six different chances to show off your favorite hats.

Sara’s hat was a winner.

I love her use of flowers, ribbon and feathers.

These ladies rocked the VIP room and showed off three different hat styles. (I love the fascinator!)

Paula, who is on the right, won second place with her sophisticated riot of peacock feathers.

See you at next year’s party and at the track this summer!

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