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Hat contestants show off their colors for the Block House Chases

The hat contest for the 72nd Block House Steeplechase meet was as popular as ever with approximately 50 or so ladies, girls and even a few gentlemen turning out in their best chapeaus for the competition. Landrum resident Isabella Sumner won the “most appropriate” for the children’s competition sporting a jaunty pink flamingo nestled in blue and white feathers. Alexis Bailey of Rutherfordton took second wearing a hat featuring an array of rainbow taffeta and large yellow and red flowers. Joy Davis and Reagan Alexander from Shelby, made a cute duo sporting matching top hats for third place.

Landrum resident Isabella Sumner took first place in the children’s division with a tasteful ensemble sporting a pink flamingo amidst blue and white feathers.

Third place winner in the hat contest, Reagan Alexander, wore a matching top hat to complement her Aunt, Joy Davis’ hat for the Block House Steeplechase hat contest Saturday. (Photos By Catherine Hunter/Tryon Daily Bulletin)