Around 5000 racegoers streamed through the gates with umbrellas in hand for the return of the Wodonga Gold Cup yesterday.
An early downpour wasn't enough to deter the crowd, in what was the first major social event for many after enduring seven lockdowns south of the border.
Procedures looked different this year as punters provided proof of their Covid vaccinations in order to enjoy the day out.
The event had been capped at 5000 people due to Victorian restrictions, but with the state reaching the 90 per cent vaccine target that number was scrapped.
All social marquees were sold out.
Wodonga Turf Club general manager Steve Wright said after several days of weather induced stress, he was glad to see people back trackside.
"This time Thursday it was looking a bit bleak, so we're just really glad that we were able to get through," he said.
"I don't think the rain turned too many people away.
"We had a few people ring who asked how to go about getting refunds, but once the rain stopped I think people just thought they would get out and have a good time.
"It was general admission that surprised me, there was a lot of people streaming through the gates.
"We're just rapt that we've been able to get through it."
It was a stark contrast to last year's Wodonga Gold Cup, where no crowds were permitted.
Since then the turf club's Jack Maher classic saw around 500 racegoers through the gates in May, with yesterday's attendance the best in a long time.
Mr Wright thanked crowds for their patience and compliance with Covid measures.
"I think it went pretty smoothly considering we had to check vaccine passports and QR codes," he said.
"I think everyone's just used to it now and they know what they have to do."
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The rain did however impact the Fashions on the Field, which was relocated to the Nell Wilson Pavilion.
"They very quickly arranged cover for us," organiser Grace Falconer-Smith said.
"There's a few familiar faces and it's just really nice to see them, you get to know people over the years and there's a bit of a fashion circuit.
"It's good to see everyone back and dressed up, any excuse will do."
As many made the most of the town's public holiday, Mr Wright said it had become an important aspect of the race day.
"I think the public holiday is really important for this event," he said.
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