2011 One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest winners dazzle

The 17th Annual One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest attracted contest entrants from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as well as a large number of San Diego County residents. They were all part of the all-time record Opening Day crowd of 46,588, outstripping the previous record of 45,309 set on Opening Day in 2010.

The Hats Contest, sponsored by the San Diego Hat Company, is an Opening Day tradition.

The Bing Crosby Grand Prize Winner went to Katy Stockinger of San Diego. She created a hat which blended a racing theme with an ocean theme, Del Mar, Where the Turf Meets the Surf. Her creation featured a plastic carousel horse painted in Del Mar’s signature blue and yellow with a surfboard background, painted with a starting gate and jockeys. The Grand Prize winner receives two American Airlines vouchers good for travel anywhere in the continental United States.

Each first place winner receives a cash prize of $300 and a gift certificate from the San Diego Hat Company.

Each second place winner receives $200.

Best Racing Theme

1st Prize: Katy Stockinger of San Diego.

2nd Prize: Richard Polacek of Rancho Santa Fe won with his creation of a racetrack which featured moving horses and sound, a recording of Del Mar’s theme song, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.”

Most Glamorous

1st Prize: Jessica Haldeman of San Diego wore a decorative birdcage, trimmed with flowers and faux birds and a matching dress for a stunning, finished look.

Jessica also receives a dual chain and station necklace from the Jacqueline Kennedy Collection, courtesy of the Diamond Boutique.

2nd Prize: Kayla Carnevale of San Diego red and black hat coordinated with a white dress with red polka dots. She gave this whimsical outfit a sophisticated, Hollywood look.

Funniest/Most Outrageous

Mike Guthrie of San Diego spent six months creating an elaborate hat resembling a sandcastle to commemorate Del Mar’s seaside location as well as the sandcastle contest held in Imperial Beach.

Kathy Wilson of Valley Center built the largest hat. Her hat featured three miniature hot air balloons, with a blue and gold Del Mar balloon in the center.

Best Flowers/All Others

1st Prize: Haven Schneider of Laguna Beach incorporated Del Mar’s signature blue and gold colors in her elaborate, flower-trimmed hat. A towering conical structure, the hat conveyed the excitement of a day at the races.

2nd Prize: Emilee Wilson of Temecula created a hat with lovely fresh flowers, stargazer lilies, sunflowers, and roses, all of which were accented by her red hat brim and bright red dress.