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We were extremely sorry to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Cairns Amateurs Carnival due to current and anticipated restrictions. It is the first time in 62 years that our beloved carnival has been cancelled and an incredibly sad time for our club and our region.

However, we are delighted that the Cairns Amateurs Cairns Central Virtual FOTF 2020 Competition will be taking place this September! The world certainly needs some colour, joy and glamour right now!

Competition entries open Monday 7th September 2020 at 9am and close Saturday 12th September 2020 at 6pm and will be judged by our renowned fashion judges Em Scodellaro, Neil Carpenter and Carle Rutledge.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 6pm!

CATEGORIES AND JUDGING CRITERIA

Gold Class Ladies Racewear

  • Aged 50 and over
  • Style and originality
  • Attention to detail and appropriate use of accessories
  • Headwear is essential and complimentary
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Incorporate current fashion trends
  • Appropriateness of outfit for the individual, climate and Cairns Amateurs Carnival (noting Cairns Amateurs is a Spring Carnival)

Open Ladies Racewear

  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Style and originality
  • Attention to detail and appropriate use of accessories
  • Headwear is essential and complimentary
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Incorporate current fashion trends
  • Appropriateness of outfit for the individual, climate and Cairns Amateurs Carnival (noting Cairns Amateurs is a Spring Carnival)

Open Local Ladies Racewear

  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Must be a local resident within the Cooktown to Innisfail including Tablelands region – proof of residency must be provided if requested. Winner must supply copy of ID confirming residency.
  • Style and originality
  • Attention to detail and appropriate use of accessories
  • Headwear is essential and complimentary
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Incorporate current fashion trends
  • Appropriateness of outfit for the individual, climate and Cairns Amateurs Carnival (noting Cairns Amateurs is a Spring Carnival)

Open Mens Racewear

  • Aged 18 years and over
  • Style and originality
  • Attention to detail and appropriate use of accessories
  • Coordinated jacket and trouser set is essential
  • Headwear is encouraged however not compulsory
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Incorporate current fashion trends
  • Appropriateness of outfit for the individual, climate and Cairns Amateurs Carnival (noting Cairns Amateurs is a Spring Carnival)

Overall Judging Criteria

  • Style and originality
  • Interpretation of latest fashion trends
  • Appropriate racewear for a Spring Carnival at Cairns Amateurs
  • Attention to detail and appropriate use of accessories
  • Style, design and quality workmanship of millinery components including originality, concept of theme and wearability
  • High standards of grooming and deportment

JUDGES

Em Scolledaro Sq for Web
Em Scodellaro
Fashion Judge
Carly Rutledge web (1)
Carly Rutledge
Fashion Judge
Neil Carpenter Web (1)
Neil Carpenter
Fashion Judge

Prizes

Gold Class Ladies Racewear

  • Cairns Amateurs Membership for 2021 (Valued at $300)
  • Cairns Amateurs Ladies Fashion High Tea 2021 for 2 Guests (Valued at $224)
  • Myer Cosmetic Gift Basket (Valued at $350)
  • Laserclinics Australia (Cairns Central) AHA Enzymatic Micro Peel + LED Yellow (Valued at $134)
  • Kelly Louise Designs Veiled Mauve and White Silk Rose Crown (Valued at $320)
  • Illustration of Winning Outfit by Fashion Illustrator Luisa Manea (Valued at $100)
  • Lending Luxury Dress Hire Gift Voucher (Valued at $150)
  • Sonlia Fashions Gift Voucher (Valued at $50)
  • 24 Month Subscription to ‘Ladies in Racing Magazine’ (Valued at $59) plus Winning Photo to appear in ‘RACING Fashion with Flair’ Hardcopy Book

Open Ladies Racewear

  • Cairns Amateurs Membership for 2021 (Valued at $300)
  • Cairns Amateurs Ladies Fashion High Tea 2021 for 2 Guests (Valued at $224)
  • Myer Cosmetic Gift Basket (Valued at $350)
  • Laserclinics Australia (Cairns Central) Microdermabrasion 5 Step + LED Yellow (Valued at $158)
  • Millinery By Mel Gift Voucher (Valued at $200)
  • Illustration of Winning Outfit by Fashion Illustrator Luisa Manea (Valued at $100)
  • Lending Luxury Dress Hire Gift Voucher (Valued at $150)
  • Sonlia Fashions Gift Voucher (Valued at $100)
  • 24 Month Subscription to ‘Ladies in Racing Magazine’ (Valued at $59) plus Winning Photo to appear in ‘RACING Fashion with Flair’ Hardcopy Book

Open Local Ladies Racewear

  • Cairns Amateurs Membership for 2021 (Valued at $300)
  • Myer Cosmetic Gift Basket (Valued at $350)
  • Laserclinics Australia (Cairns Central) Coolsculpting – 2 Cool Cycles (Valued at $1300)
  • Blueclick Photography Studio Portrait Session -1 hour Session and 5 images (Valued at $500)
  • Ochre Restaurant Dining Voucher (Valued at $150)
  • Radi8 By Mel Hair and Makeup Gift Voucher (Valued at $155)
  • Illustration of Winning Outfit by Fashion Illustrator Luisa Manea (Valued at $100)
  • Lending Luxury Dress Hire Gift Voucher (Valued at $150)
  • Sonlia Fashions Gift Voucher (Valued at $50)
  • 24 Month Subscription to ‘Ladies in Racing Magazine’ (Valued at $59) plus Winning Photo to appear in ‘RACING Fashion with Flair’ Hardcopy Book

Open Mens Racewear

  • Cairns Amateurs Membership for 2021 (Valued at $300)
  • Cairns Amateurs President’s Welcome Cocktail Party 2021 for 2 Guests (Valued at $154)
  • Myer Cosmetic Gift Basket (Valued at $350)
  • Laserclinics Australia (Cairns Central) AHA Enzymatic Micro Peel + 3 Products from Skinstitut (Valued at $164)
  • $400 Eftpos Gift Card (Kindly sponsored by Stella Artois and Carlton United Breweries)
  • Illustration of Winning Outfit by Fashion Illustrator Luisa Manea (Valued at $100)
  • 24 Month Subscription to ‘Ladies in Racing Magazine’ (Valued at $59) plus Winning Photo to appear in ‘RACING Fashion with Flair’ Hardcopy Book

Prizes Conditions

  • General – Prizes are not transferable for any other product and are not redeemable for cash or credit.
  • Laser clinic Australia – Treatments can only be used at LCA Cairns. Cannot be refunded in cash/credit or swapped for any other treatment.
  • Luisa Manea Art – Illustration will be of photo submitted for the Cairns Amateurs Cairns Central FOTF 2020 Competition (postage not included). Illustrations may be used by the organisers and Luisa Manea for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes.

Our Story

The Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival is three days of fun, fashion, glamour, food and entertainment built around two days of horse racing in Cairns in early September each year.

What began as a small amateur meeting in 1959, designed to bring city and country together, has expanded over the years to become one of Australia’s premier spring horse racing carnivals. The Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club has become widely, and affectionately, known as “THE CAIRNS AMATEURS”

62 years on, the Cairns Amateurs is now complemented by a host of social activities, some formal and some very informal including a number of members-only and corporate functions as well as events and areas for the general public on both race days.


The Cairns Amateurs Cairns Central Fashions on the Field is indisputably the pinnacle showcase of racewear in the region.

Our Fashions on the Field competition is a highly-anticipated and hotly contested annual event comprising of local and interstate competitors. Each year, judges well known in the FOTF world and highly regarded for their exceptional individual fashionable style and judgement are chosen to cast expert eyes over the entrants. This truly creates an event of style, contemporary trends and elegance.

Our Sponsors

We are greatly appreciative of the support and sponsorship from the below companies.