Kristin opted for autumnal hues of mustard and brown

Judge Kristin McKenzie Vass (left) with winners of the Lyrath Estate best dressed couple couple Gillian and Raymond Gilbourne.
Picture: John Kelliher

Raymond and Gillian Gilbourne, from Milltown, County Cork, were the overall winners of the best dressed couple competition, judged by Kristin McKenzie Vass, on the opening day of week-long Listowel Harvest Racing Festival.

Stylishly co-ordinated in autumn hues of mustard and golden brown, the couple won a luxury escape to the plush Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny including an estate view guestroom with breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of their choice.

The runners-up were Mary and Philip Woulfe, Kristy Collins and Seán Keating and Elish and Jimmy Lyons who all won an overnight with breakfast in Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny. There was also a special judge’s prize for a very fashion-forward mother and daughter duo, Karen Kelliher and Shauna Russell, who wore identical houndstooth jackets with matching red lace-up boots and they received a luxury afternoon tea in Lyrath Estate Hotel and two tickets to the 2024 Listowel Racing Festival.

There was a fantastic atmosphere on the course for the first day of this much-anticipated harvest festival in Listowel and the weather gods got into the festival spirit as the rain stayed away to give racegoers a dry and warm afternoon.

Sunday was also family day and highlights included the free wooly farm with chicks, guinea pigs, hens, ducks, rabbits, lambs, piglets, pygmy goats and Winnie the donkey as well as a mini disco, face painting, free balloons and Mickey Mouse.

Racegoers were also treated to a spectacular performance by Superbly to end a wonderful first day at the Listowel Harvest Races.

Model and actor Timmy Dowd attend the races this Monday to judge the Forever in Blue Jeans fashion competition, sponsored by O’Connor’s Hardware and Farm Supplies. The winners in the male and female categories will each receive a €200 cash prize.

Tickets for Listowel Harvest Racing Festival can be purchased online or at turnstiles on the day for €20 this Monday and Tuesday and €25 Wednesday on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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