When heading Interstate to judge fashions on the field, one of the first things I do when I arrive at a rural town or area is to see what is available. I do not care if there is only 'Target' or small boutiques in the area, I will be looking for the type of clothing that is easily available for the town, if there are fabric shops, what the fabrics available are like and really looking to see what will round up the town in Fashions on the Field. It would be ridiculous to see an Alex Perry garment and Philip Treacy hat in Bundaberg. The town is rural and has just been through a natural disaster of flood, so money is not the criteria.
My criteria always in judging fashions on the field is to make sure that there are smiles on faces and to let people know that I am grateful for the invitation to come and glad to meet new people. This is a competition and I will make a fair and educated decision although all 3 judges must agree. In all instances of 4 categories we agreed without question.
This was the first ladies day in Bundaberg and the Marquee and standard of dress was comparable to a Melbourne meeting. All who attended should be so happy with the town and how welcoming and humble you all are.
I think you will agree the winners all looked amazing as did all the contestants. Everyone knew everyone in the town and that is something I love about country meetings. A great get together for all who participate. A very big Thank you Bundaberg for the invitation, I had a wonderful time.