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Thousands donning their best head to Deighton Cup at Hastings Park

Last Updated Jul 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm PDT

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Thousands of people wearing their best attire are taking to Hastings Park for the 10th annual Deighton Cup in Vancouver

Prizes for best-dressed man and woman will be handed out as the Deighton Cup marks its 10th anniversary in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130 – Expect to see thousands of well-dressed people at the track today.

The Deighton Cup is back at Vancouver’s Hastings Park for its 10th anniversary.

Since its first day, organizers say the event has grown significantly.

“And how many cool elements we’ve been able to add over the past decade, it’s not surprising because it just takes that long to grow an event from 400 people to close to 7,000,” Organizer Tyson Villeneuve explains.

It’s quite the growth, and he adds there are a bunch of special elements added this year to mark the anniversary — and it’s not just all about the horse races.

One of the biggest talking points, he says, is the food element.

“Over the last nine years we’ve always worked closely knit with a local catering company to provide the same lunch for everybody. But for our 10 year anniversary, based off of guest feedback, we really wanted to offer a greater variety of fare.”

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That includes inviting a number of partners like Earls, Hawksworth, Chambar, and Dixies BBQ to help keep attendees well-fed.

“Including Fanny Bay Oyster Bar who are doing a bigger and better oyster-shucking competition — our second annual oyster-shucking competition, which we launched last year called the Pearl — and we have some of the best oyster shuckers from all over the city participating for both a cash prize and, of course, the natural bragging rights.”

Of course, fashion is a big part of the races. For those who choose to dress to impress, there are two big prizes up for grabs.

“One for best-dressed lady, and one for best-dressed gentleman. The best-dressed lady is known as the Belle du Jour, and the best-dressed gentleman is known as the Gallant Sartorialist. We have a couple of fantastic hosts and MCs that will be giving out the prize for best-dressed with the big novelty cheques.”

There are eight races in all, and those attending will also have a chance to quench their thirst with a special drink.

“We have our signature mint julep which is a $25 mint julep which comes in a signature cup that is engraved and a commemorative cup,” Villeneuve says. “$5 off of every one of those goes straight to Variety of the Children’s Charity, who are our major charitable partner for the event.”

The VIP booths and tracks are all sold out, but if you’re still looking to snag a General Admissions ticket, Villeneuve says those are still available.

The Deighton Cup wraps up at 7:00 p.m.