Attendance for this year's Launceston Cup at Mowbray Racecourse was a little 'lighter' than usual due to a wet start of the day.
Roughly 12,000 people attended the race last year but people didn't start to roll in until around midday this year when the rain stopped.
Tasmanian Turf Club chief executive Peter Scott said rain in the morning provided a challenge to organisers to get everything ready on time.
But despite the weather Mr Scott said the people who turned out were having a great time.
"I still would have liked a few more but ... the ones that are here they're all vindicated in coming along," he said.
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He said the variety of entertainment available created a carnival atmosphere for people to enjoy.
Gypsy Rose performed in the 4 Pines in the Palms beer garden, The Tassie Tenor performed in the Jansz Corporate marquee and Matthew Garwood played in the Leger Lawn marquee and on main stage.
"Some love the races, some love the social side and some love the fashion and others love the entertainment, Mr Scott said.
"We packaged it all together and it creates a wonderful mixture."
He said everyone attending the event had been well behaved.
"I haven't had any reports of antisocial behaviour," Mr Scott said.
Locals take out fashions on the field
Marcus Dornauf won male fashions on the field. He planned to enter, but it was a competitor's red shoes that put him off winning.
After preparing for three weeks, his "walk around" on stage paid off, winning a return trip for two overseas.
"I thought [the competition] were all looking pretty sharp. I thought the guy with the red shoes would be hard to beat, but it turned out alright," he said.
"The umbrella [as an accessory] worked out considering it was raining all morning."
Mr Dornauf, who is from Launceston, plans to take his wife on the overseas trip he has won.
"I'm sure their grandparents will be stoked looking after them for five days while we're over in Bangkok," he joked.
The women's classic winner's dress literally came down to the last minute with Monique Scharmm putting the final touches on her winning dress a mere 12 hours before the event.
Designing the dress herself, with the ideal goal to have her own fashion label, Ms Scharmm said it was a dream come true to beat those that had come from interstate to compete.
"I made this dress," she said. "At the moment I'm studying a certificate four in fashion design."
"It's always been in the family. I grew up with my grandma sewing and my mum sewing."
For the past two years she has been living in Melbourne.
"I messaged the daughter of one of the ladies I'd been living with and said 'do you think you could whip something up?' and she said 'sure' and she aced it," she said.
"she was over the moon [when I told her we'd won] and she said it was fabulous."
Judge Sue Rees said the standard of competition was extremely high.
"It was very, very difficult, there is such a variety of fashion up there today," she said.
"They certainly dressed to suit themselves so that made it very very difficult for us."
She said it was unheard of for a winner to make their own outfit.
"I think the winner, she really deserved it," Ms Rees.
"It took us a while to come up with a decision but we feel very satisfied that it went the right way."
This year was the first year Ms Rees was judging after previously being on the microphone.
"It is a lot harder than being on the microphone, however the judges were great today, everyone had the same opinion so there were no fights," she said.
"We are all walking away very proud of who we chose and they were totally head to toe well coordinated."
25 Years strong
Race caller Colin McNiff has been working at the Launceston Cup in one way or another since 1980.
This year is his 25th time calling the cup.
"I've wanted to do it since i was a little boy, since the very first time i went to the races at six or seven years of age it fascinated me and i thought i would like to have a crack," he said.
He said he got his start in radio school and calling practices races.
"I went on to call a few trial race meetings here and there and then when I was 19 I got offered a job over here in Tasmania and I've been here ever since," Mr McNiff said.
He said the hardest part of the job is only having one chance to get it right.
"You have got to try and nail it and if you make a mistake you make a mistake," Mr McNiff said.
He said the job requires a lot of concentration and isn't for people who don't love it.
"It's a job you've got to really really want to do. If you don't want to do it you can't do it. You've got to be dedicated," Mr McNiff said.
He loves the environment created by the Launceston Cup.
"There is just a huge buzz around not just the track but around the city leading up to cup day. It is just a fabulous way to finish the summer racing carnival," Mr McNiff said.
Former Hawk's first club
Ex Hawthorne and Gold Coast AFL player Campbell Brown was also out and about at the cup.
It was his first Launceston Cup and he was working as a racing ambassador for Racing Tasmania.
"What a great day, the rain stopped, the sun's out and we are finding a couple of winners which is more important," he said.
As part of his role he attended the Devonport Cup and Hobart Cup but said he was impressed with the laid back nature of the event at Mowbray.
"It is just a good laid back day out, I think everyone is just here to have a good day out," Mr Brown said.
He said Launceston was like a second home for Hawthorne players.
"Like i said it is an informal day but it is nice and chilled out. It's like a second home for us hawkers," Mr Brown said.
"We've done a lot of community work [here], I've been out to Burnie and penguin island and all over Tasmania.
"The Tassie people, even if you don't follow the hawks, you are a lover of footy and everyone is super friendly."
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