Deniliquin’s Lucy Horne won acclaim at the Echuca Melbourne Cup Day races on Tuesday, winning Lady of the Day in the popular Fashions on the Field competition.
Teaming red with pink was a winning move for Lucy, who defeated 30 other entrants.
‘‘I was so surprised to win,” she said after the win.
‘‘I was very overwhelmed. The other competitors were outstanding.”
The mother-of-three wore a knee-length red off the shoulder dress from Witchery teamed with a fuchsia and red fascinator she made herself.
‘‘It was spring inspired. It’s made out of fake snake skin and faux leather,” she said.
‘‘It took me about a day to make.’’
Deni was the place to be for Victorian visitors over their Melbourne Cup long weekend.
There were plenty of tourists staying at local caravan parks and a continuous flow of guests at the information centre.
‘‘About 120 people came through the doors of the visitor’s centre over the weekend,’’ Edward River Council tourism & culture officer Jane Frazer said.
‘‘They were mostly browsing, and checking out the current exhibition but there were many enquiries in regards to caravan parks and house boat hire.
‘‘Surprisingly, Sunday was the busier day.’’
Op Shop’s grand opening
St Paul’s Anglican Church and Deniliquin Rotary Club’s pop-up Op Shop is set to open next week.
The church and Rotary have combined to host the opportunity shop to raise funds for community initiatives.
It will have limited opening times and will run from the church hall off Poictiers St.
The grand opening sale will be held Tuesday, November 14 from 9am to 4.30pm.
Items for sale have been collected over a number of weeks, and include clothing, household items, kitchenware and more.
The Deniliquin Sports Stadium will mark its 15th anniversary with a Crystal Ball tomorrow night.
Starting from 6.30pm, it will be held at the stadium.
The event is for over 18s only and ladies are asked to wear shoes suitable for the stadium’s surface — no stilettos please.
There will be a photo booth on site to document all the fun, and entertainment will be provided by local talent Rach Nisbet and band Clockwork Orange.
Early bird tickets, for $40, are available until noon on Saturday from Scoop’n’ Brew, Watters Clothing or the stadium. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Park service popular
Deniliquin Baptist Church parishioners were treated to a special church service in Deniliquin’s Waring Gardens on Sunday.
Rather than the traditional service at Regent Theatre in Edwardes St, ‘Church in the Park’ provided a different take on worship.
The outdoor church service also included readings from visiting Charles Sturt University students.
‘‘It was good, our parishioners really enjoyed it,’’ Deniliquin Baptist Church Pastor Chris Taylor said.
The CSU students arrived in Deniliquin last Wednesday, and visited local schools to discuss Christianity and faith.
Pastor Taylor said the CSU students were well received.
‘‘They went along to some of the local schools to discuss with students and Special Religious Education teachers about faith.
‘‘The CSU students helped me in the church and also ran some of our Sunday services.
‘‘The feedback from the schools and high school has been really positive.
‘‘It’s really refreshing to have younger people who are passionate and excited about faith in this era.’’
This is this fifth year Deniliquin Baptist Church has invited students from CSU to Deniliquin.
Free circus tickets
Circus Royale has rolled into Deniliquin and set up its big top at Memorial Park for the next few days.
There’ll be clowns, animals and death defying stunts to enjoy over four performances starting tonight.
Circus Royale has provided eight grandstand double passes for tonight’s show to give-away to Pastoral Times readers.
The double pass can be used for entry for two adults, or one adult and one child aged 2-14.
To claim a double pass, email [email protected] with your name and contact details. Entries close 1pm today and winners will be notified by phone. One entry per household please.
More on what you can expect from the circus can be found on page 7.