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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • BWC wear hats for the Derby

  • BWC wear hats for the Derby
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  • 'It was all about the hats' for Boonville Woman's Club Second annual Kentucky Derby event held Thursday during lunch at the Saints Peter and Paul Church basement. A catered meal was served followed by a mock horse race.
    Boonville Woman's Club President Myrna Bruce said each member of the club adorned a special hat to commemorate the Kentucky Derby, which is not all about the horses but about the hats as well.  
    "We have ladies wearing all types of hats such as with feathers and animals," Bruce said.
    Hats ranged from being sophisticated to more funstyled. Club member Thelma Gerke adorned her hat with horses.   
    Elaine Gramlich, who catered the meal, fixed a mix of southern food, including cheesy grits, corn bread salad, smothered chicken and southern pecan pie.
    The event was planned by a committee chaired by Gayla Smith.
    "She always outdoes herself," Bruce said. "She has a wonderful committee who helps her."
    Smith said she has always wanted to see the Kentucky Derby, so she and a group of people decided last year to have an event based on the famed derby.
    "Last we were approached about doing something with hats and then is when we decided to do a derby theme," Smith said.
    Smith said planning is always on going. She added each year the groups vision expands on what to add to the event.
    A mock horse race was announced by Boonville R-1 Superintendent Mark Ficken. Club members could cheer on certain horses.
    At the end of the event, the best three hats received a prize. Smith won First for her hat. Pat Billings won second and Carol Harris won third.

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