Gladstone's Melbourne Cup day fun well underway

UPDATE WEDNESDAY:

Here's a photo gallery from some of the Melbourne Cup Day events around Gladstone on Tuesday.

TUESDAY COVERAGE:

Some of the well-dressed ladies at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre on Melbourne Cup Day.
Some of the well-dressed ladies at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre on Melbourne Cup Day.

3.40PM: The dancing has begun at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre, with music provided by The Corporates.

There's a good atmosphere at the event catered by Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar, with everyone dressing up to enjoy the day.

And that's where we'll leave our coverage for today.

Don't miss tomorrow's Observer for a full wrap of Melbourne Cup Day activities in Gladstone.

Brigitte James picked the top three place getters in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.
Brigitte James picked the top three place getters in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

2.35PM: Brigitte James has had a successful Melbourne Cup Day, picking the top three place getters in the main race.

She's celebrating at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

2.30PM: The fashionable crowd at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

The fashionable crowd at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre for Melbourne Cup Day.
The fashionable crowd at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre for Melbourne Cup Day.

2.06PM: Protectionist has won the Melbourne Cup, followed by Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman.

More here.

Raylene Keenan won the fashion event at the Lightbox Melbourne Cup Day function at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.
Raylene Keenan won the fashion event at the Lightbox Melbourne Cup Day function at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre.

1.45PM: Our reporter and photographer are now at the Lightbox Espresso and Wine Bar function at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre, where they've found a fashionable and merry crowd.

Raylene Keenan (above) won the fashion prize at the event.

 

Zoe Ahern and Rose Mills at the Gladstone Turf Club for Melbourne Cup Day.
Zoe Ahern and Rose Mills at the Gladstone Turf Club for Melbourne Cup Day.

1.30PM: There are still plenty of people enjoying Melbourne Cup Day at Gladstone's Ferguson Park.

There is a big crowd enjoying the beautiful weather, with some enjoying their first race day, while others have been attending for years.

People have put a lot of effort into their fashion, especially their fascinators.

Gladstone is buzzing on Cup day, with our reporter on the street saying there seems to be something on at every pub.

Everyone is getting into the spirit in a big way.

Harvey Road Tavern kicked off early, with people lining up outside at 8am.

1PM: Some more of the fashion on show in Gladstone today.

Melanie Dyball looks great in this orange and black outfit, perfect for a warmer Queensland day.

Don't forget to share your race day selfie via our Facebook page, or on Twitter using #Gladcup.

Melanie Dyball shows off her outfit at the Gladstone Turf Club for Melbourne Cup Day.
Melanie Dyball shows off her outfit at the Gladstone Turf Club for Melbourne Cup Day.

12.30PM: Some of the people enjoying a day at the races in Gladstone.

Some of the well-dressed people at the Gladstone race track for Melbourne Cup Day racing.
Some of the well-dressed people at the Gladstone race track for Melbourne Cup Day racing.

12.15PM: The final race at Gladstone's Ferguson Park ran at noon, and now the jockeys and stewards will be doing a mad dash up to Rockhampton for an afternoon race meeting.

In Gladstone, the attention now turns to lunching and socialising.

Come and say hi to our team at the Gladstone races today - reporter Laura McKee and photographer Andrew Morgan.
Come and say hi to our team at the Gladstone races today - reporter Laura McKee and photographer Andrew Morgan.

11.45AM: Our reporter Laura McKee and photographer Andrew Morgan are at the races in Gladstone today. 

Keep an eye out for them and say hi.

And don't forget you can share your race day selfie via our Facebook page, or on Twitter using #Gladcup.

10.30AM: Melbourne Cup Day celebrations are off to an early start in Gladstone, with racing underway at Ferguson Park since 9am.

On the social side, there are plenty of places to party, with pubs, clubs and restaurants hosting Melbourne Cup functions.

Our reporters will be out and about today, catching all the colour and fun of the race that stops a nation.

And you can get in on the action too by sharing your race day selfie on our Facebook page, and using #Gladcup on Twitter.

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