Fashionista got her final tick of approval from Big Bazza
THERE would be a lot of blokes who could feel sympathy for Alstonville man, Barry McCormack.
Big Bazza is a landscaper who is comfortable working outside in old shorts and a pair of work boots.
His wife, Angela, however, is a well-known fashionista on the local racing scene.
She makes her own dresses and has won the Fashions on the Field numerous times at the Ballina Cup and Lismore races - including taking home the Best-Dressed Woman trophy at the Ballina races.
While Barry's wife of 30 years might have spent about 50 hours making her dress inspired by a 1961 Dior design, and she didn't finish it until 2am on the day of the Cup, she turns to Big Baz for final approval.
It's the dreaded question blokes fear: "How do I look in this?".
Uh, oh. Many blokes can feel the pain. There is no right answer here.
But Big Baz is big in size, and he's got a bit of ticker: "I am honest," he said.
He can take a bow for Angela's win at the Ballina Cup.
He gave the nod to the dress and Julie Casey headwear, but he also picked the shoes.
The Fashions on the Field for women was divided into two categories this year, with Angela winning the over-30s division.
The 47-year-old said having two categories was a good idea so women of her vintage "don't compete with a 20-something-year-old who looks like a model."
Amy Want, from Laurence near Maclean, won the Ballina Babe category for under-30s.
Ballina mayoral candidate Phil Meehan took out couples' award with his wife, retiring councillor Sue Meehan, and Kingaroy's Dan Retschlag was the Best-Dressed Man.
General manager of the Ballina Jockey Club, Matthew Bertram, was pleased with the attendance of 1500 considering the day wasn't a public holiday.