Opening Day Hats Contest

When: Friday, July 15 @ 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Plaza de Mexico
Type: Event
Del Mar Opening Day Hats Contest Logo
Friday, July 15, 2016     

Explore your sense of hat creativity and you could win a share of more than $5,000 in total prizes. Strut your stuff between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Plaza de Mexico located inside the Stretch Run admission gates.

Enter in one of the following five categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest/Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other. There is no fee to participate and all entrants will receive two free admission passes to return to the races.

Winners in each category receive First place: $300 plus Studio Savvy Gift Basket valued at $250, Second place: $200 and Third place: $100. The Grand Prize winner receives: Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring Chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Total value of more than $1,000.


Contest Registration         Opening Day Tickets 


  • Deadline for entering the contest online is 1 a.m. on Opening Day, Friday, July 15, 2016. Entrants will be accepted day of event from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • Only one category per contestant. 
  • Contest entry is free.

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