KAYLA Daczko from Taree is the inaugural Manning River Times Cup Day Fashion People's Choice Award winner.
The 18-year-old secured the most votes from the public for the fluoro green dress that she wore to Taree's Melbourne Cup Day race meeting.
More than 80 people entered the competition, with voting taking place over a 20-day period on the Manning River Times website.
Overall 1246 votes were submitted, with Kayla receiving 87 of those votes.
It is the first time Kayla, who moved to the Manning in November last year, has attended the races.
Her winning outfit was a buy from Target.
"Two of the girls who worked there were helping me out. I tried on thousands," Kayla said.
Kayla won $250 cash and a voucher for a month's free entry into the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre (YMCA).
Times advertising consultant Leisa Smith said the response to the competition was very positive and it is hoped the Times People's Choice Award can be an annual feature of Taree's Melbourne Cup day meeting celebrations.