THERE were frocks and finery as far as the eye could see at Queanbeyan's Bicentennial Hall last Saturday as the city celebrated its 175th birthday in classic style.
Nearly 300 people turned out for Queanbeyan's 175th anniversary ball with many donning period costume dating back to 1838 in tribute to the city's earliest days.
Mayor Tim Overall in particular was resplendent in his robes of office, top hat and sideburns.
Four lucky couples were also provided the added luxury of being chauffeured to the ball in a classic car thanks to the Southern Tablelands Heritage and Automotive Restorer's Club.
And aside from a few technical issues with the sound system, organiser Col Berry said the evening had gone off without a hitch.
"The comments I received were extremely favourable," he said. "Everyone seemed to have a thoroughly enjoyable time.
"Quite a few people were dressed up in period costume all the way back to 1838 and it was a theme approached with quite a lot of enthusiasm."
As well as a playing a part in Queanbeyan's 175th celebrations, the ball also served as a fundraiser for the planned multi-purpose pavilion at the Queanbeyan Showground.
"Hopefully we might have raised somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000," Mr Berry said.
"Considering the event was primarily a celebration of Queanbeyan's birthday and fundraising was something of a secondary consideration, we'd be quite happy with that kind of figure."
Mr Berry, meanwhile, also said there was no reason for the anniversary ball concept to simply die off following the city's 175th milestone.
"It's certainly something I think would be well worth looking at doing again," he said.
"Whether that's as part of the city's official birthday celebrations or whether you would look at holding it some other time of the year though would have to be looked at."