Day at the races down on the farm

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By Toni Williams

Greenstreet dairy farmers Lee-Anne and Norm Stewart swapped their gumboots and overalls for a touch of glamour this week.

The farming couple opened their home to family, friends and fellow rural neighbours to host a garden party for the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup, on Tuesday afternoon.

It was attended by more than 50 people including Greenstreet farming family members from the Butterick, Tavendale, Hanna and Webb families.

The event included a best-dressed competition, won by Jeanette Van der Nagel; cup day sweepstakes, drinks, nibbles and pot luck tea.

The Stewarts, who are “enthusiastic race goers” said it was an easy way to get people together and was a reminder of days of old, when they regularly held such events along the rural road; the last one in 2012.

Norm says the death of friend and fellow Greenstreet farmer Gilbert Butterick in September saw members of the Greenstreet group especially keen to rekindle the event for another get together.

The couple say the Melbourne Cup was the perfect opportunity to put aside the farm attire, bring out the dresses and suits – complete with fascinators and fedoras – and enjoy food and a drink in good company.