Northern England’s most prestigious racing festival will once again play host to some superb fashion action when Fashion at the Ebor begins next week at York Racecourse.

On each day of the Ebor Festival, there will be a competition to find the Best Dressed Lady, Gentleman, Child and Best Hat, with prizes awarded to the winners of each category.

Alisha Foley, overall winner of the Fashion on the Field at last year's Ebor Festival. Photo from UK Fashion on the Field.

Alisha Foley, overall winner of Fashion on the Field at last year’s Ebor Festival. Photo from UK Fashion on the Field.

Last year's Wednesday fashion winners. Photo from UK Fashion on the Field.

Last year’s Wednesday fashion winners. Photo from UK Fashion on the Field.

Last year's Ladies' Day fashion winners. Photo from UK Fashion on the Field.

Last year’s Ladies’ Day fashion winners. Photo from UK Fashion on the Field.

However, there will be a stronger focus on Thursday’s Ladies’ Day competition, as the Best Dressed Racegoer receives a trip for two to the Dubai World Cup with accommodation at the Marriott Hotel. The winner of the Best Dressed Lady category on this day will also be invited to represent York in the grand final of Go Racing in Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady for 2013 on October 26, where she will face-off against best dressed ladies from other Yorkshire regions and, once again, compete for some fantastic prizes.

The organisers of the competition want to emphasise that the competition “is about looking your best and enjoying fashion, it is not a search for a supermodel” (OTOT wonders if this in reference to last year’s Ladies’ Day winner, model Faye Cupitt, who was dressed by a designer and milliner to scoop first prize – a practice which was ruled out of Australian Fashions on the Field competitions years ago). So if you’re looking to participate in this fun and fashionable event, here’s what you need to know…

Where: York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

When: The competition will take place on every day of the York Ebor Festival, August 21-24. Registration opens from 11am each day at the Fashion at the Ebor Marquee, with heats taking place between 12 and 2pm. Final judging for shortlisted contestants will start at 3pm, with the winners being announced at 3:30pm.

Prizes: Thursday’s Best Dressed Racegoer will be rewarded with a trip for two to the Dubai World Cup with accommodation at the Marriott Hotel. There will be prizes awarded each day to the Best Dressed Lady, Gentleman, Child and Best Hat, with the winning gent to receive a shirt from Beaufort and Blake, and the winning child a £50 voucher for Zak and Flo.

For further info: visit the York Racecourse website

Photo credits: UK Fashion on the Field Facebook page

By Lisa Tan