Hat Day returns to Sonoma County Fair races on Aug. 3
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The Sonoma County Fair is pleased to present the third annual Hat Day at the Races on Saturday, Aug. 3. 

This fundraiser brings color to the horse track, as racing fans don their most fashionable, uptown headpieces while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and some of the best Sonoma County wines.

This afternoon social will begin at 1 p.m. in the VIP Tent near the racing grandstands. In addition to betting on the ponies, attendees are encouraged to participate in the annual hat competition. 

There will be prizes for the best female, best male, best couple, best fascinator and best of show.

 Tickets for Hat Day are $50 per person and include fair admission, a seat to the races, a live auction, hat competition, wine, hors 'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Reserved tables for eight are available for $500. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sonoma County Fair Foundation, whose mission is to raise and steward funds to support facility improvements and special projects of the Sonoma County Fair.  

Individual tickets can be purchased online at sonomacountyfair.com or at the box office. Table reservations must be purchased at the fairgrounds box office, located at 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. For more information, call (707) 545-4200.

Florists with a special knack for turning flowers into fun creations can construct floral hat inspired masterpieces that will be showcased as table centerpieces during the Hat Day event. Cash prizes will be given for most unique and best interpretation of the fair theme, “Home Spun Fun.” 

Registration is limited so be sure to visit the website for details at the aforementioned website and phone number.

New to Wine Country Racing this year is the upscale addition of trackside and paddock view dining. 

Trackside dining tables for four are available mid-week for $50 and Friday – Sunday for $70. Paddock view dining is $400 for up to 26 guests and includes fair admission and race programs for the entire group. 

Purchase tickets by July 24th to receive a name sign on a table. Availability is limited.

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