Our big weekend

IT was a big weekend on the events calendar across Wellington Shire, with the Maffra Show on Friday and Saturday, and Sale Cup on Sunday.

Hundreds of people took to Greenwattle Racecourse to strut their stuff and take a punt in glorious spring weather, with police praising the crowd as well behaved.

Moss ‘N’ Dale, trained by brothers Peter and Manny Gelagotis at Moe and ridden by Anthony Darmanin, smashed the field to take home the Sale Cup.

Fashions on the Field was hotly contested, with more than 60 entrants in the women’s category vying for the title of open women’s winner.

At the end of the finals, the sash and bouquet went to milliner Keegan O’Brien of Maffra who wore a black fitted leather skirt, lace top and halo fascinator.

Ms O’Brien said horse racing was in her blood, as she was the granddaughter of former Caulfield jockey Tony Bannon, who, together with wife June, trained horses locally for decades.

Show horse rider Bek Carrolan was awarded runner-up open section women’s winner in a full-skirted blue and white number, while Holly Webb, a well-known local showjumper, was awarded best hat, with a modern take on the classic halo.

William Hector backed it up to win his second consecutive Sale Cup men’s Fashions on the Field title in a tailored pale grey suit, with Tommy Dwyer, wearing latte-coloured slacks, a panama hat and a borrowed Versace jacket, coming in as runner-up.

The Maffra Show delighted people of all ages, with a huge variety of activities offered.

People made the most of the Australian-themed food and wine court while the sun was shining in the afternoon, and a ferris wheel was a highlight of sideshow alley.

The pet parade featured everything from sheep to sausage dogs.

For more Sale Cup and Maffra Show photos see Friday’s Gippsland Times.