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Imaginations run wild at track's hat contest (with photo gallery)

Peacock feathers, duct tape, beer cans decorate heads at track

Veronica Martin, of Great Barrington, MA, competing in the 21st Annual Hat Contest at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Veronica Martin, of Great Barrington, MA, competing in the 21st Annual Hat Contest at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
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Trackgoers had more to root for than just thoroughbred horses at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday. There were more than 150 human contenders to cheer on in the 21st Annual Hat Contest. Fancy hats are traditional headgear during the summer meet at the track. Before the competition, contestants milled in the shaded space beneath the grandstand like exotic birds. Atop each head was a unique combination of imagination and artistry, crafted from assorted materials that ...


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