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The forecast was for rain but with a little luck and some prayers, the day was perfect. Yes, there were a few light showers but spirits, spring colors, hats, smiles, and cocktails brighten the day!

It’s hard to believe I’ve lived in Virginia and the DC area for over 20 years and this was the first time I went to enjoy and watch the Gold Cup Races. I know for a fact it won’t be my last. What events are you missing out on right in your backyard? Do a search for your city and countryside fairs, events, races, and wineries, then put them on a list and go!

Perfect countryside setting for these beautiful horses and colorful jockeys today.

Maybe a winner here.

Hats and more hats of all colors and sizes on display.

Picnic tailgating was full of color, flowers, sweet tea, and cocktails.

More Sangria please?

Gold Cup Mules and Mint Juleps.

More pickup trucks, hats and smiles.

Cocktails anyone?

Horse Race tailgating and all its prep.

Big smiles and big hats at the Gold Cup Races. I wonder how many big winners there were?

It wouldn’t be the South without a little Lilly Pulitzer.

This bright pink hat won the category of “most outrageous” hat.