Fancy derby hats at Tioga Downs

By Perry Russom

May 4, 2013 Updated May 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM EDT

Village of Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Kentucky Derby brings horses with funny names, mint juleps and fancy hats all together.

But at Tioga Downs, some 700 miles away from the storied down stretch, there was no shortage of frilly, overzealous headwear.

Tioga Downs hosted their sixth Derby Fest and annual Derby Day Hat Contest on Saturday.

"This is one of the most exciting races all year long," said Linn Redder of Tioga Downs. "Even if you're not a follower, or you're not someone who bets on racing, you still want that thrill of seeing if you can pick the right winner."

Saturday's party started their eighth season of live harness racing.

The winner of the of this year's Kentucky Derby is Orb.

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