Two local school teachers are gearing up for their first Katherine Cup this weekend.
Samantha Clarke and Kiera Lansdown both moved to Katherine at the start of the year to pursue careers in teaching.
“I have heard it is the biggest day of the year in Katherine and getting dressed up is a must,” Ms Clarke said.
“I didn’t realise how dressed up everyone got so I had to ask my family in Adelaide to send some outfits up for me.
“I cant even remember the last time I wore heels.”
Ms Lansdown said she is looking forward to getting glammed up for the event.
“I am from Melbourne so I am used to getting dressed up to go out on the weekend but in Katherine you don’t really get an opportunity to,” Ms Lansdown said.
“I hear you need to go all out, nails, hair, fascinator – you need to be looking on point.
“Lucky for me I already had something in my closet that I have been waiting to wear, so I will whip that out.”
Ms Clarke said after she heard how big race day was, she began to do some beauty preparation at home.
“I did a lot of tanning in my backyard over the long weekend to make sure I have a nice glow. I have also been watching some hair tutorials on Youtube, and I plucked my eyebrows,” Ms Clarke said.
Ms Lansdown said outfit planning dominated the lunch time chat in the teachers staff room.
“We are having a pre races event with some of the other teachers in town, so I think we will help each other get our hair and makeup ready,” Ms Lansdown said.
Both women said they were not going to the races to watch the horses run.
“I am going for the social scene, you cannot miss a social event this big in Katherine,” Ms Clarke said.
“I am more excited to see what everyone will be wearing,” Ms Lansdown said.
The gates of this year’s Katherine Races open at 11.30am with the first race to run at 2.18pm.
Undoubtedly one of the premier social events on the dry season calendar, event organisers say there will easily be 2500 people through the gates, but likely many more.
The Katherine Turf Club has brought together a number of celebrity guests and promise a great time for punters.
Six races will be run on the day with the feature race being the Katherine Cup, valued at $300,000 in prize money.
There will of course be fashions on the field, entertainment for the kids, on course bookies and plenty to eat and drink.
$15 entry, $10 Concession, Kids free.