Gents and ladies, damsels and dandies turned out in force for our first-ever Tweed Ride! About forty congenial types donned tweed jackets, knickerbockers, stockings, veils and chapeaux and hopped on their two-wheeled transport for a leisurely spin around downtown Frankfort.
The weather couldn't have been lovelier with ample sunshine and balmy temperatures as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit. After the ride, cyclists congregated at the Old Capitol for Christmas crackers and costume judging.
Mesdames Becky Bolton and Gina Morales and Mister Mark Thornewill were kind enough to lend their efforts to judging the competition, which was fierce. We are indebted to them for their service.
Miss Chelsea Birenberg was fetching in a veiled mink hat and won the Best Hat category, for which she was awarded a Victorian bone china mug and tin of Earl Grey tea.
Mister Shawn Dade was the epitome of gentlemanly grooming expertise and captured top honors in the Best Mustache division. His prize was a mustachioed mug from Broadway Clay.
Miss Vicki Birenberg, mother of Chelsea, walked away with the Lady's Best Costume award for her ensemble of pearl grey cloche with a fitted grey peplum suit and matching stockings. For her efforts, she received a Victorian wall calendar.
Top honors for Gent's Best Costume went to newcomer and out-of-towner Mister Jim Rowland, uncle of local denizen Kris Shera. Hailing all the way from Knoxville, Tenn., Mister Rowland literally knocked the socks off his competition with his sartorial splendor of a grey tweed hacking jacket, red tie, khaki knickerbockers and coordinated socks. He was awarded a Keep Calm and Carry On desk calendar.
Last but certainly not least was the winner of our Best Costume Youth prize, which was won by local favorite Master Liam Bomford. Liam charmed in his unbleached muslin tunic and dark grey trousers and given a gift certificate to Poor Richard's Books.
All in all, it was a wonderful day, the return of which is sure to be highly anticipated in 2013!