SARATOGA SPRINGS — More than 150 participants turned out for the 21st annual hat festival at the Saratoga Race Course Sunday.
The participants competed for prizes in three distinct categories — uniquely Saratoga, fashionably Saratoga and kreative kids for the younger entrants.
Julie Potter, of Duanesburg, was crowned the winner of the day’s most celebrated category, “uniquely Saratoga,” which celebrates creative hats.
Potter received the grand prize of a $500 betting voucher, a $100 gift card to the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa and a silver trophy.
The category’s finalists included the second place winning duo Tena Bunnell of Greenwich, N.Y., and Christine Krenzer of East Greenbush, N.Y.; followed by third place winner Darryl Rod of Cheshire, Mass. Each finalist received a $50 gift card to the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa and a silver trophy.
The day’s most popular category, “fashionably Saratoga,” brought 78 hat-donning contestants out to the races.
Veronica Martin of Great Barrington, Mass., was named the day’s most fashionable contestant and awarded a $100 betting voucher, a $100 gift card to the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa and a silver trophy.
Freya Smith of Fort Johnson, N.Y., came in second place and Casey Coyle of Saratoga Springs, ranked third.
Each took home a $50 gift card to the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa and a silver trophy.
Kelly Honsaker of Schenectady, N.Y., received honorable mention and was awarded a $50 gift certificate to Bomber’s Burrito Bar.
Camryn Dunn of Clearwater, Fla., who was in town to visit her grandparents from Latham, N.Y., claimed the title of most stylish youngster for the second year in a row during the first category of the afternoon, “Kreative Kids,” which is reserved for those 18 and under.
Dunn received the prize of a $50 gift card to the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa and an oversized Saratoga Race Course chocolate bar.
Isabella Potter of Duanesburg, N.Y., the daughter of “uniquely Saratoga” first place winner Julie Potter, finished in second place followed by Mikayla Schaefer of Schenectady, N.Y., in third place, to each win Saratoga Race Course merchandise and a $20 gift card to the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa.
The day’s winners were selected by a panel of judges.
The annual hat contest is the crowning jewel of the three-day “Hats Off to Saratoga” festival which celebrates the arrival of the Saratoga racing season.