Wellington, FL--April 16, 2012--- The Third Annual Gay Polo Tournament was bigger than ever this year. The event was at capacity for tailgates and the décor, food and presentation were more elaborate and festive than ever.
This year, Tailgate Contest sponsor, M. Douglas Mutch from Gracie Street Interiors, offered more categories and more opportunities to win. Prizes were awarded to Best Cocktail, Best Food, Best Dressed, Most Stylized, Best Theme and Best Overall.
"It was a fantastic turnout- I think tripled from last year. Everyone made an effort. Everyone had a great time. The food was great. People were having fun- they were really getting into it. Tailgaters really caught on. We saw much higher-end presentation. There were a lot of fantastic subject matter and clever themes, which made it very hard to judge,” Mutch shared.
“Studio 54 was putting armbands on people. The Hippies were giving out little wooden carvings. The Mardi Gras group was putting beads around everyone’s necks. We loved the lemonade stand and we loved Candyland. There were so many fun ideas.”
“It was much more fun that I had imagined it would be. It was such a good time. They could have been playing backgammon for all I know!” shared Mutch’s fellow judge, Ron Davis.
“The secret is the fresh squeezed lime juice, and of course, Grey Goose vodka, that added a nice kick,” confided Best Cocktail winner, Bill Miller about his Cosmo at the “Celebrating the Classic” tailgate, which featured a 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Classic.
“The ability that people have to embrace new situations- the polo, the horses the community, the whole grandeur of the event and the visual part of it as well. Make it a spectacle- and that’s what we like to do!” said Chris Brown of Chris Brown Design Group. He and Bill Proctor put together the Safari tailgate that won the prize for Most Stylized.
“My partner and I are from Newport, RI so it is easy for us to find yachting and ship-related things,” said Jed Pearsall who masterminded the Titanic Tailgate.
The Titanic Tailgate brought the Best Overall prize. Their wine glasses were etched with the White Star Line logo, and all the cuisine served at the tailgate was only food served aboard the Titanic for its fateful voyage. The group wore replicas of Titanic uniforms. A special added touch was the trio of strings that played at the tailgate.
“We went to watch the Titanic in 3D and we saw and heard the music, we knew that was the missing element.
Pearsall, who just recently started playing polo, hopes to play in the tournament in the future.
Tailgate judge, Mutch added, “As judges we really enjoyed the interaction. Everyone welcomed us to their tailgates and wanted us to sample the food and drink. It’s not just about who looks the best, it’s about how everything works together.”
Third Annual International Gay Polo Tournament Team Sponsors