Published Jul 17, 2019 at 2:57 PM | Updated at 10:04 PM PDT on Jul 17, 2019
Hundreds of racing enthusiasts adorn the floppy hats and secure the fascinators for Del Mar Opening Day 2019. But a select few spend months creating the most extravagant, cutting-edge and downright fun hats possible and it’s finally their time to shine.
The Opening Day Hat Contest is an annual tradition for these crafty fashionistas. Today, they competed to see who has the best headware in five different categories: "Most Glamorous," "Best Racing Theme," "Funniest/Most Outrageous," "Best Fascinator," and "Flowers/All Other."
This year, Allison Karlstrand of Capistrano Beach won the Best Flowers category and took home the Bing Crosby Grand Prize, which comes with the winner title and more than $1,500 in prizes. Meanwhile Paige Fohl of San Juan Capistrano won the category of Best Fascinator.
Here’s a look at the rest of the category winners and competitors from Opening Day.