Saturday marked the 75th running of the International Gold Cup races held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.Â It ended up being a marvelous day, after all, the one thing you can always count on as a conversation starter is the weather in this area and with the horrendous downpour the night before, many were a bit wary of what to expect the next day. Luckily, it was mostly sunny, light breezes and a good fall temp, meaning hats, cashmere sweater sets, boots, nubby sport jackets, ties, and silk scarves were the perfect attire.
Fall Gold Cup, as mentioned in the Punch in a prior post, is a more civilized experience versus spring and the attendees are actually, believe it or not, interested in watching the steeplechase race.Â At the start of each, the crowd swells to the rails and the top of the hill so as to get the best view.Â People cheer their horse of picking and come to the gather round the winners circle at the end of the race.Â Spring’s motto seems to be “Wait, there was a horse race going on?”
Jason and I got to be Hat Judges at the end of the second race, we met in the winners circle and began the process of vetting about 50 or so entries to find the Most Glamorous, the Most Outrageous, the Most Sporty/Themed and the Best Child’s Hat.Â It wasn’t easy, but we finally were able to confer and agree upon each winner.Â I have to tell you, there were some really gorgeous and interesting hats, even the men got into it.Â Spring apparently is just wall to wall hats, which makes the picking even more challenging.Â Interestingly enough, famed local turned nationally well-known chef Carla Hall won the Most Glamorous with her beautiful, elegant, stately deep purple number.Â The winners won $100 gift certificates to a local retailer.
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Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.