AUSTIN Powers and his groovy girlfriend could be found dancing yesterday, giving punters looking for a bucket of chips reason to look twice.
Grant Holloway and Amanda Hall, of Launceston, said they had chosen the Austin theme as it ``just works''.
Mr Holloway said he had been dressing up for the past 15 years of the cup and had previously attended with friends as stormtroopers from Star Wars, Wiggles spin-offs the Groggles and Braveheart characters.
``There used to be hundreds of people doing this - it's just dying,'' Mr Holloway said.
The pair had no plans to stop dressing up and already had secret costumes planned for next year's cup.
TRADITIONALLY found in pubs and bars, bucks parties are rarely held in the harsh light of day.
Nathan Bass, of Launceston, found himself at the Launceston Cup in a tutu, blonde wig and reindeer ears - all thanks to his friends who had teamed up with his fiancee.
``The tutu's hers,'' he said.
The groom-to-be combined his bucks party with his first time at the cup before his wedding on Saturday.
``The outfit's just a bit of fun - I'll take it off shortly,'' he said.
His friends refused to comply.
WHY not dress as an idiot?
That was the question posed by Daniel Kosta, who preferred yesterday to go by his alter ego Boozo Mars.
Mr Kosta spent the day handing out stickers that reminded people to smile and posing for photos with a menagerie of monkeys.
Now in his fifth year of ``suiting-up'' - though not in the traditional sense - Mr Kosta said the day was a good chance to meet lots of people.
``We do it as a bit of a laugh,'' he said.
``We get to have our photos taken with nice girls and have a good time.''