The music and energy was upbeat at the Bell County Youth Fair Fashion Revue.
image: Prom Gown
The Saturday night event featured 30 participants who sewed and modeled their own outfits.
“Contestants make their garments, and then wear them to be judged in,” Fashion Revue Superintendent Jennifer Smith said. “This is different from other family consumer science divisions where they just turn in an outfit.”
The young designers competed in six categories: one piece sewn, two or more pieces sewn, a dress, specially, tailored garment and formal/evening wear. They were also divided into three age categories — junior, intermediate and senior.
Grace Pohl of Tigertown 4-H spent 106 hours on her formal gown.
Students display leadership
The Fashion Revue allows the kids to learn leadership and public speaking skills as well as sewing skills, Bell County AgriLife Extension agent Jackie McLaughlin said.
“It also helps them develop poise and grace,” she said. “That’s what we strive for with all of our FFA (Future Farmers of America), FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and 4-H programs.”
During the fashion show portion of the event, participants came out from behind a curtain and strode down a catwalk constructed through the center of the room, pausing and turning from side to side on occasion. As they modeled, Smith announced the child’s name, the names of their parents, their grade, school and what they like to do in their free time besides designing fashion. She also listed what other youth fair activities the kids were participating in this year.
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