EVENT: 68th Annual Steeplechase – What to Wear

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Nashville get ready, the 68th Annual Iroquois Steeplechase is here. The Iroquois Steeplechase is considered to be one of the biggest events of the season especially in Nashville’s exclusive social circles, the biggest being the annual Swan Ball. While the Iroquois Steeplechase is the annual sporting and social event of the season, it’s also an annual fundraiser for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Over the past 28 years, Steeplechase has contributed more than $8,000,000 to the Children’s Hospital. (source)

So, what’s the deal, what do you wear, how do you get in, is it that exclusive? Well, I can help you answer all your questions.

  • When: May 9, 2009 – Gates Open at 8:00 a.m., First race at 1:00 p.m. Last race ends at approx. 4:30 p.m. with the featured race, the Iroquois.
  • Where: Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee

Tickets: General Admission: $10 at the gate or purchase online. Children age 12 and under are admitted free. Tailgating and RVs: Several tailgating options are available. Prices range from $550 to $600 for each vehicle and includes up to eight guests per space and up to ten guests per RV space. Spaces sell out quickly.

Ladies it’s all about the sundresses and the fab derby hats. Best places to shop for an exclusively fab Steeplechase ensemble:

  • Studio 615 – Receive 20% off any dress TODAY
  • Posh
  • Jamie
  • Any store in the Hillsboro Village area
  • Cool Springs Galleria (visit Macy’s, Dillards, and JCPenney for your hat needs)

Derby Do’s and Don’ts
  • DO – Wear wedge heels, ballerina flats, or embellished flip-flops because of all the grassy areas
  • DO – Opt for a CONSERVATIVE hemline – Being outside, in grassy areas, and unknown weather influence, ladies want to keep it classy and stylish specially if it’s a windy day.
  • DO – Keep you alcohol consumption to a minimum – you’ll be hob-knobbing with some of Nashville’s elite, you don’t want to be sloshed when you get a chance to meet a potential employer.
  • DON’T – Think you’ll be getting a box seat – Box Seats have been claimed and are pretty expensive.
  • DON’T – Go without a group of your besties – this is a perfect time to welcome the spring season.
  • DON’T – Forget your SUNSCREEN. This is an outside event with the potential for MAJOR sunburn.

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