Each decade's style parades on Cup day

RACE-GOERS will be hit with a blast from the past this Melbourne Cup Day when Evolution CQ brings back all your classic pieces - but revamped.

Stunning vintage outfits from its new Relic Room will grace the catwalk during fashion parades and rub off on patrons' fashion choices at the track on Tuesday.

But before the big day arrives, you can start the Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival off tomorrow at the GJ Gardner Homes Yeppoon New Market Race Day at Keppel Park.

This day is all about family fun with jumping castles and face-painting for the kids, a cocktail bar for the ladies and five local races for all those keen punters.

Yeppoon Turf Club president Greg Simpson is expecting a massive turnout of about 2000 for the biggest race day of the year.

The gates open at 11am for the first race at 1.35pm.

Then on Tuesday, it's the race that stops the nation: the Melbourne Cup.

Head to Rockhampton's Callaghan Park to watch the main race at Flemington at 2pm, followed by four local races from 2.10 on the sand track.

Fashion parades by Evolution CQ start at 3pm and Fashions in the Field judging at 3.40pm, with fantastic prizes.

Designs from the '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s have all been revamped by Evolution CQ owner Tracey Andrews to create a one-off original with a modern take on a classic collection.

The collection includes vintage hats with a modern twist also designed and made by Tracey.

Before the models reach Callaghan Park they will parade at the Rockhampton Leagues Club's Melbourne Cup Luncheon at 12.30pm, with entertainment by soloist Keith Andrews.

Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival Saturday • What: GJ Gardner Homes Yeppoon New Market Race Day • Where: Yeppoon's Keppel Park • When: 11am • Local races: Five (1st at 1.35pm) Tuesday • What: Melbourne Cup Day • Where: Rockhampton's Callaghan Park • When: 10am • Local races: Four (first at 2.10; Melbourne Cup at 2pm) • Cost: $15




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