Each year Australians attempt to back a winner in the Melbourne Cup and the Hunter is no exception.
There were parties across the region, office sweeps and fashion parades.
Fairfax Media has all the photos and the fanfare from the day.
JOIN THE FUN
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WINNERS ARE GRINNERS
Owner Lloyd Williams wrote another chapter in his astonishing Melbourne Cup record when the northern hemisphere trained three-year-old Rekindling triumphed to give young Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien a Melbourne Cup winner at his first attempt. More here.
Did you know in the Melbourne Cup’s 154-year history, there have been more than 30 winners with links to the Hunter? Starting with the 1867 champion Tim Whiffler, from Tocal on the Paterson River. Read more.
In case you are more interested in the actual race than the social scene, we have you covered:
Take a look back at how the Hunter has celebrated the annual race day in past years.