Saturday marked one of the most anticipated events of the UVA calendar year: the Foxfield Races. While few students ended up seeing the horses that were at the center of the event, the real attention was on the inebriated revelry among friends who donned on only their classiest outfits. Here is a list of the ten most common sights of Foxfield, in no particular order:
1. Greek Life
Foxfield is sometimes referred to as “Frat Christmas,” and for good reason. Foxfield is one of the biggest events of the year for fraternities and sororities. Fraternities and sororities mix with each other, escorting their members on chartered buses and transporting large quantities of libations to aid in their revelries.
Seersucker is the haberdashery of a Southern gentleman. Because it can only be worn a few months a year, it must be cherished on such occasions. The rules of seersucker reserve this attire for the dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, Foxfield, like Easter and the Kentucky Derby, is an exception to this rule. Seersucker is not only encouraged at Foxfield, it is practically mandatory.
The gown of the Southern sorority belle. These beautiful pieces of attire, like seersucker, are only permissible in the summer months. As the seersucker suit defines the Southern gentleman, the sundress is the attire of his female counterpart.
4. Bow Ties
A standard neck tie simply does not do for Foxfield. Bow ties are a necessity. This dapper item is a testament to sophistication and genuine dapperness. Learning how to tie one of these is a requirement for passing one’s first year at UVA.
Attached to one’s sunglasses, these are a standard relic of the fraternity male- and most anyone at UVA. On those bright summer days, sunglasses are a necessity. Sunglasses without croakies are simply unacceptable.
6. Pastel Shorts
If you don’t own seersucker, the next best thing you can wear to Foxfield is anything pastel colored. Sky blue, pink, yellow, it doesn’t really matter. Spring is in the air so show off those bright spring colors.
7. Anything Vineyard Vines
The pink whale is everywhere. Vineyard Vines must be worn on Foxfield, even more than it must be worn every other day at UVA. This is the Brooks Brothers of our generation. You are what you wear, and if you don’t wear Vineyard Vines, then you’re, well, probably a GDI. The Foxfield aficionado gains a deeper appreciation of the words “every day should feel this good.” The Vineyard Vines plot gives out free whale hats, koozies, and croakies each year. But you have to get there pretty early. I got to the tent at 10 am this year and they were out of everything.
Some hard core Foxfielders drink their “nectar of the gods.” When it comes to Foxfield, you are what you wear and you are what you drink. “Beer before liquor, never been sicker, but liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.”
Extra credit for having your name, graduating year, and UVA seal engraved on your flask.
This may be just a rumor, but it is said that there are horses at Foxfield. No one ever sees them, however. It is said they can only be seen by the sober eye, hence the reason they are invisible to everyone at Foxfield.
By Peter Finocchio, Staff Writer