Del Mar Opening Day 2016 Hats Contest

Del Mar Opening Day 2016 brought scores of horse racing fans to the track, many sporting their finest, fanciest hats. Here's a look at the incredible toppers.

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Del Mar Racing
Andria Elam and her beautiful, hand-sewn fascinator won the grand prize at the 2016 Opening Day Hats Contest on July 15.
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Del Mar Racing
Andria Elam and her beautiful, hand-sewn fascinator won the grand prize at the 2016 Opening Day Hats Contest on July 15.
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The finalists in the 2016 Opening Day Hats Contest, including grand prize winner Andria Elam (further to the right).
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NBC 7
Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Images from the Opening Day at the Races in Del Mar on July 15, 2016.
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Beatriz Cabanas
This florist entered the competition with a hat full of real flowers and fruit!
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These ladies are having a blast in the photo booth with fun props and hats.
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This contestant decorated her hat with Monarch Butterflies which can sometimes be found in Southern California.
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The skulls along the rim on this Dia de los Muertos themed hat was a detail that completed the look.
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Tea Time! This contestant made her detailed teacup hat and matched it with a teacup dress.
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This is one of many "Turf Meets The Surf" themed hats. It took over ten hours to make!
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These ladies wore floral hats that weighed about 10 pounds!
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This "Cool As Ever" hat may look heavy with pinwheels and all, but only weighed about 5 pounds!
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This group of contestants dressed from head to toe and entered the "Most Outrageous" category.
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"I have 2 cats going on 18". This first time hat contestant made her cat hat in about 3 hours.
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This duo came in a lady bug hat and an Olympic hat. This is their second Opening Day but first time participating in the hat contest.
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It's never too early to celebrate Mardi Gras!
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Beatriz Cabanas
This contestant repurposed her grandmother's hat by adding two colorful feathers.
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These two friends are celebrating the San Diego Zoo's 100th Anniversary with flamingos and elephants and zebras, oh my!
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Beatriz Cabanas
Here is another shot of the San Diego Zoo hat. So much detail!
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Beatriz Cabanas
A horse piñata accompanied by roses weighed about five pounds.
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Beatriz Cabanas
"And They're Off!" features moving horses!
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This one is called "Horses on Their Day Off".
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This contestant made a hat for the "Fresh Flower" category that weighs 40 pounds! There is even a golden skeleton sticking along for the ride around Opening Day.
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Beatriz Cabanas
This pirate ship hat seems to have just arrived on the coast of Del Mar.
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Shark sighting at Opening Day!
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Here is a different take on the "Turf Meets the Turf" hat theme.
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Bringing the tropics and a couple of parrots to Opening Day.
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This couple is looking pretty in pink for the hat contest.
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Another couple dressed in purple and blue. The woman's hat took about 30 hours to make!
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This pink hat adds a great pop of color to the white ensemble.
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A "triple crown" hat fit for a king!
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"We're bringing Del Mar to the next level!" The 80's has found its way to Del Mar with costumes that are years in the making.
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This quirky outfit featured a unique hat with three foot long feathers!
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This elegant floral hat is simple but very detailed.
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All of the floral hats are truly a sight to see!
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Calvin Pearce
NBC 7's Elena Gomez (center, in yellow) found some great hats at Del Mar Opening Day 2016, hers included.
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