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4-Hers kick off fair with fashion

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AWARD: 4-Hers from the fashion revue junior division recieve their awards.
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FASHION: Gabriel Haupert shows off her blouse and skirt she sewed during the 4-H Fashion Revue.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

Area 4-Hers got to strut their stuff Tuesday evening as they showcased their talents during the public fashion revue, the first event of the annual Wabash County 4-H Fair.

Ranging from grades three through 12, participants were tasked with sewing their own outfits before modeling in front of an audience in Legacy Hall at the Honeywell Center.

“Fashion revue is the culmination of their whole project, and then they get to see how fabulous the outfit looks,” Sewing Project Leader Julie Echard said.

One outfit in particular, made by recent Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School graduate Lindsay Rice, imitated a ball gown worn in “Beauty and the Beast,” which Echard said took an estimated 30 yards of fabric to make.

Students often had a quick turnaround in completing their projects, with many starting on their outfits when school let out.

Echard said each year a student is involved in sewing projects, the tougher it gets because more skills are required for each outfit. When students reach the senior divisions, outfits are submitted into specific categories which range from casual outfits to formal attire. Senior division students are also given the option to enter free choice outfits, such as Rice’s ball gown, which do not fit into traditional categories.

State fair selections for the fashion revue were based on judgements from the fashion revue committee. Judgements are awarded based on how outfits fit the students; construction, which includes if the outfit was pressed, how it lay and if it is finished; and accessories which students choose to compliment the outfit. Senior division students may be selected to go to the state fair for the construction of their outfits if they did not wish to revue.

A common theme among outfits this year was the desire to keep things lightweight and comfortable for dealing with the heat. 4-Hers taking part in the fashion revue often expressed a desire to wear their outfits either to school in the fall or church and family gatherings.