Seen at the 88th Virginia Gold Cup

The Virginia Gold Cup may be one of the most popular spring events in the region. Besides, those hats had us at hello.

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The Virginia Gold Cup may be one of the most popular spring events in the region. Besides, those hats had us at hello.
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With not a cloud in sight and weather in the 70s, the event seemed a lot more desirable than the weather that was had at the Kentucky Derby -- which happened on the same day. We got lucky.
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We couldn't have asked for a better picture to capture the essence of the day. Cheers!
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Happy faces.
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The return of the horse head.
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Jack Russell Terrier races started off the day around noon.
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If you don't go to the Gold Cup for the horse racing, at least go for the people- and hat-watching.
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The Virginia Gold Cup is held every spring on the first Saturday in May. This year's event was held on May 4.
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Twitter really does influence every aspect of life these days, huh?
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Standing on car hoods seemed like the best option here for a good view.
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Is it us or does this look like it's straight from a magazine layout?
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A hat contest took place around 2 p.m. This was clearly the winner in our eyes.
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The fields were filled with cornhole games galore.
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Grinding Speed (not pictured) won the $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup, running the four miles in 8:50.80 on firm turf.
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Betting is serious business.
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Corn hole. Go Nats.
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This view: amazing. Blue skies and green acres.
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The day's six races included Maiden Claiming Hurdle and the Timber Stakes.
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The betting begins.
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Parimutuel betting on horses.
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Will Thomas from FOX5 News (left). Designer Barry Dixon. Kathryn Ireland (far right)--designer on the Bravo show Million Dollar Decorators.
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