Hundreds of fashion-minded guests participate in Del Mar's illustrious Opening Day Hats Contest. A parade of eye-popping creations, this celebration is an annual tradition that gets the nod from spectators and fashionistas alike.
More than 40,000+ race fans are expected to attend what's defined as one of the most fabulous, fashionable and fun festivities in the west - Opening Day at Del Mar. This day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but celebrating the season in style. Fashion-minded guests may participate in Del Mar's annual tradition, the Opening Day Hats Contest where entrants compete for cash prizes and judged on creativity and style.
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Opening Day Hats Contest
Explore your sense of hat creativity and you could win a share of more than $5,000 in total prizes. Strut your stuff between 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM in Plaza de Mexico located inside the Stretch Run admission gates.
Enter in one of the following five categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other. There is no fee to participate and all entrants will receive two free admission passes to return to the races.
Winners in each category receive cash prizes
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