Family and friends gathered to view the sewing talents of Champaign County 4-H members on Saturday at the fair.
Participants strutted confidently down the runway being judged on garment quality and how well they carried themselves modeling. Judges explained that “natural-ness,” “watching feet,” “how hands were held,” and if the participant looked like she was having a good time selling the outfit were all factors that helped choose winners. Judges waited at the end of the runway while announcers gave a short biography on the participants, including hobbies and the 4-H club they belong to.
Saturday’s fashion show was held in memory of Carrie Frye, a sewing 4-H advisor of 47 years. Frye passed away this year, but the girls in her group represented her well as they modeled the garments that she had began to help them create. Frye was competitive, involved and loved 4-H.
Winners from categories ranging from accessories, sports and loungewear, to dress-up and costume outfits were chosen and split up into the categories of Senior and Junior Division winners. The Top Models in the Senior Division included Jennifer Sizemore and Division Winner, 1st year sewing member Ali Dixon. Despite being in different 4-H groups, Sizemore and Dixon attend school together at Triad High as juniors and competed against each other in the same show category “Look Great For Less.” Sizemore won runner-up in her category “Look Great For Less” and also participated in the “Creative Costumes” category and “Accessories For Teens.”
Junior Division Top Models included Naomi Williams, Jessica Rooney and Junior Division Winner Kaitlynn Hanes. Runner up and 5th-year member of Buckeye Agriculture 4-H group Naomi Williams explained the favorite part of her garment was “the color of it, blue is my favorite color.” Jessica Rooney and Kayla Booze showed off their taste in fun summer prints with Rooney’s bright skirt, and Booze’s dress with peacock-print accents. Junior Division sewing winner Kaitlynn Hanes smiled as she showed off her plaque and said, “I really like to sew, and I like the style of this shirt.” Hanes is 9 years old and modeled a glittery, purple and black one-shoulder top she made. Her hobbies include sewing, dancing, playing with her friend Courtney, and showing her pigs.
Some of the garments that were modeled Saturday can be found on display in the 4-H Activities Building showcased in club booths. The Food, Fashion, and Creative Arts Board and various sponsors came together and did a wonderful job organizing the event. Participants, advisors, audience members, and judges of the Fashion Revue were all smiles Saturday morning at the fairgrounds.