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4-H Clothing Revue showcases clothes created by kids

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 3 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski – Four participants in this year’s 4-H Clothing Revue qualified for District Clothing Revue. They are, from left: Lauren Becht, Peggy-Jo Gabalski, Emma Mathes and Naomi Haberger. Each is wearing her entry for the Revue.

KNOWLESVILLE – Two dozen Orleans County 4-Hers gathered at the Trolley Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds for the 2016 4-H Clothing Revue. This year’s theme was “It Draws You In,” which is also the 2016 Orleans County 4-H Fair theme.

The event “gives youth an opportunity to model their textile projects while gaining confidence and poise while sharing their projects with an audience,” said 4-H educator Robert Batt.

Morning activities on Saturday included judging – which is based on construction quality as well as fit – and workshops. 4-H’ers were able to practice runway modeling, grooming and make-up, and also prepared entries for a “Paper Doll” clothing revue.

The Clothing Revue portion of the event took place Saturday evening. Participants modeled their creations on the runway for family and friends.

Four participants were selected for District Clothing Review which will be held later this year. Those participants are Lauren Becht, Emma Mathes, Naomi Haberger and Peggy-Jo Gabalski.


The mesmerizing 2016 “It Draws You In” theme for the Orleans County 4-H Clothing Revue.

Emma Mathes of the Adventurers 4-H Club on the runway in her royal blue brocade party dress. She challenged herself to complete the dress in five hours and was able to do so.

Lillian Mathes of the Adventurers 4-H Club made a sundress in a retro-bicycle print fabric. Lillian noted that the heart-shaped cut-out on the back of her dress was one of the hardest sewing jobs she has had to complete.

Earlier in the day, Makenzie McGrath got tips on runway modeling from fellow 4-Her Lauren Becht during the runway modeling workshop. Makenzie is wearing a skirt she made with a butterfly pattern fabric. She made the skirt for her first 4-H Public Presentation which was on the life cycle of the butterfly.

Cloverbud Jackson McGrath models a hat he made with a Star Wars theme fabric. He needed his hat for the Saturday evening 2016 4-H Clothing Review as the spring weather turned snowy and cold.

4-Her Baylee Strapp of the Hindsburg Hilltop and Towpath Club practices modeling her apron Saturday morning during workshops before the evening Clothing Revue. Baylee said she enjoyed making her apron and couldn’t wait to get her license to drive – the sewing machine. Workshop leader Pauline Lanning reads Baylee’s commentary from the lectern in the background.

Cindy Eibl leads a workshop in make-up and grooming for 4-H Clothing Revue participants Saturday morning in the Trolley Building at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

Participants in this year’s Orleans County 4-H Clothing Revue pose for photos following the Saturday evening show held in the Trolley Building.