PEOPLE came from down the road, other parts of the state and even as far as Canada to attend a Melbourne Cup Day luncheon at West Side in Horsham on Tuesday.
The fundraising event hosted by Quota International and Wimmera Health Care Group Friends of the Foundation offered plenty of action for those in attendance - including race sweeps, raffles and fashion competitions
Wimmera Health Care Group Friends of the Foundation's Allison Roberts said it was a great turnout with more than 60 people at the function.
"It's brings great people together to raise money," she said.
Among the crowd were Helen Fisher and Loloma Puls, who wore hats they had made themselves.
There was also support for Horsham retailers with Vanessa Sonnberger wearing a dress and fascinator purchased from Horsham women's fashion store Lili Vogue.
Jenny Clark won a prize for hat of the day, while Kerryn Slade was declared best dressed man and Micky Robarts was the best dressed woman.
There might have been a lot of fascinators in the room, but punters were most captivated by the possibility of a win for Horsham-trained horse Surprise Baby, who finished fifth in the race.
Paul Preusker trains the horse.
"We're all on Paul's horse," event attendee Denise Queale said.
Robyn Lardner said: "We have to go for the Horsham horse."
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