The ultimate dream for a Fashions on the Field enthusiast? Being crowned National Winner at Flemington Race Course on Oaks Day November 9th of course!

And The State Finals for 2017 are now under way…

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2016 State finalists from L-R: SA Courtney Moore, QLD Inessa McIntyre, NSW Reggie Thei, WA Ashleigh Ridgeway, TAS Alice Bright. Image credit: @wendellt

It’s an exciting time for me. I love hearing about how each finalist came up with their outfit.

I want to know how long it took, what brands they are wearing and the personal anecdotes that go along with how they pulled together their own individual look.

So this year I’m sharing. I’ve put together this blog post, which I will update as each finalist is announced.

It’s not all about the prizes…. (really)

…but, there is a huge prize pool on offer!

Last year the winner took home a Lexus RC 200t F sport, valued at $83,000, a Myer shopping spree to the value of $6000, A TCL TV package valued at $2300, a trophy, a white gold brooch with black diamonds valued at $1750 and $1600 worth of Antler Luggage.

I saw Courtney’s suitcases and they were BEAUTIFUL!! All gold and shiny!

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2016 national winner @courtneymoore with her shiny new lexus and gold Antler Luggage.

If that isn’t enough to make you stop and consider making your way to a State Final, then I don’t know what will!!

A Quick Overview for the Beginner

(For the non-beginners, you can click here to skip to the 2017 winners)

The Myer FOTF competition is the biggest and most prestigious competition in the industry.

Heats are held in each of the six states as well as a “Semi Final” in Darwin, and, as of last year, China has been introduced to the competition as well.

As a Semi Finalist, the winner is fast tracked to the preliminary finals on Melbourne Cup Day.

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Last year’s semi-finalist Penny Caputi (Darwin) and Elisha Song (China). Image credit: @ontrackontrend

How to Enter

To enter a State Final, you just have to turn up on the day to the event, but make sure you get there early to register within the registration times. Otherwise, online registrations open weeks prior to the event and can be found here.

You do not need to be a resident of that state to enter. It’s quite common for states to be represented by women who reside in other areas.

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Myer Fashions on the Field State Competition. Image credit: Flemington.com.au

You will notice above, that Victoria has three opportunties; Derby Day, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day.
The Victorian State Finalist is chosen from the winners of each day’s competition.

So, the winner from Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day enter a competition on Oaks Day to decide who will be the Victorian finalist.

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The Oaks, Melbourne Cup and Derby Day winners from 2016. Gracyn (left) was chosen to represent Victoria in the finals. Image credit: @ontrackontrend

Then, there is another competition- the State Finalists Competition. Winners from the 6 states compete for the overall winning sash. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place.

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2016 State Finalists on stage. Image credit @ontrackontrend

Click here to learn more about what happens behind the scenes at a Fashions on the Field competition.

Dates and Locations for Each State Final

Here are the dates and locations for this year’s state finals. Source: Flemington.com.au

Queensland- Completed
Venue: Gold Coast Turf Club
Race Day: Magic Millions Race Day
Date: Saturday 14 January
Winner: Stacie Galeano
Registrations open 10am

Tasmania- Completed
Venue: Luxbet Park Racecourse
Race Day: Hobart Cup Day
Date: Sunday 5 February 2017
Registrations open 11:30am – 1:30pm

South Australia
Venue: Morphettville Racecourse
Raceday: Adelaide Cup
Date: Monday 13 March 2017
Registrations open 11:30am – 1:30pm

New South Wales
Venue: Merivale Coogee Pavilion
Raceday: Not held at a racecourse
Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Registrations: 11:00am – 11:30am

Western Australia
Venue: Ascot Racecourse
Raceday: Crown Perth Opening Day
Date: Saturday 21st October 2017
Registrations: 11:30am – 1pm

Victoria
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Raceday: AAMI Victoria Derby Day; Emirates Melbourne Cup Day; Crown Oaks Day
Dates: 4 November; 7 November; 9 November 2017
Registrations: 10:30am – 11:30am (Derby); 9:55am ̵