Fashionistas of all ages will once again get to strut along the catwalk at the Roxburgh trots in the New Year.
Fashion in the Field organiser, Ettrick fashion designer Elaine Booth, said the theme would be bold and beautiful.
The Roxburgh Trotting Club’s day on January 4 was a laid-back country race meeting and the Fashion in the Field event reflected that, Miss Booth said.
‘‘We’re not Addington Raceway. You can wear that sort of thing but it’s a country meeting.’’
With the event promoted as a family day out, it made sense to expand the catagories to include sections for men, boys and girls as well as women, she said.
‘‘You have to include everyone. The kids have a turn on the runway and it’s very cute.’’
In past years there had been a female compere who would discuss the fabrics and style of each entry. This year Mark Reid, from Fruitlands, would fill the role and Miss Booth anticipated his commentary would be very entertaining.
Each outfit would be scored out of five by the judges in four or five different catagories.
While a hat or fascinator was not essential, it definitely added points. There was also an extra prize for headwear, she said.
In past years people had been very creative with their outfits. Someone had made a dress from a duvet cover, others had made their own jewellery and beaded a belt.
Upcycled and thrift outfits were as welcome as high-end purchases.
This year the fashion competition would be held on a runway in the new permanent building at the racecourse, which was a joint effort between the Roxburgh Trotting Club and the A&P Show committee.
It would ensure that no matter the weather, the show would go on, Miss Booth said.