Iowa Youth Honored at 2015 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event
AMES — Twenty-one Iowa youth received top awards during the 2015 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Aug. 13-14 at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
4-H event that provides youth participants with opportunities to showcase their apparel design and production knowledge, as well as creativity skills. During the event, youth participated in hands-on educational workshops; learned more about potential career opportunities in the field of apparel, merchandising and design; and engaged in a service learning activity. The youth also completed an interview with a judge and modeled their selected or constructed garments in a public runway show.
“4-H participants in the Awardrobe Clothing Event are evaluated on their oral and written communication skills through a written report and one-on-one interview with a judge,” said Cayla Taylor, youth program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development. “The youth are also evaluated on their fashion goals, choice of clothing and knowledge of the garment, as well as their poise and confidence displayed while modeling their outfits,”
The youth participate in three categories. In Clothing Selection, participants select or purchase an outfit for a specific occasion. In Fashion Revue, the garment is constructed, hand-knitted, machine-knitted or crocheted by the participant. In the $15 Challenge, a 4-H’er purchases an outfit for $15 or less from garage sales, consignment shops or clothing resale stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
“This is my first year participating in the state 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event,” said Cassie Vrabel, Montgomery County. She has been participating in the Montgomery County clothing event for five years. “I really enjoyed the workshops throughout the day, especially the t-shirt deconstruction workshop. It was neat getting to learn how to take an old t-shirt and turn it into something new and useable. I turned mine into a bag.”
Vrabel also enjoyed meeting other 4-H’ers at the 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event. “I really had a blast meeting new people throughout the day,” she said. “I was the only participant from my county so it was fun getting to know other 4-H’ers from across the state.”
Top 10 Percent
The following youth earned the Iowa State Fair’s Top 10 Percent Award in the Awardrobe Clothing Event. The recognition includes a certificate and gift card.
Kyle Holubar, Johnson County
Emilie Burgan, Warren County
Ashley Schwartzhoff, Winneshiek County
Ardis White, Black Hawk County
Clothing Selection Recipients
Kelly Breja, Linn County
Attylissa Bailey, Marion County
Kaitlin Hora, Washington County
Cassie Vrabel, Montgomery County
Hannah Peterson, Webster County
Tess Lord, Woodbury County
Megan Matt, Fayette County
Darren Rickheim-Hiller, Washington County
Elise Jasper, Scott County
Shane Scull, Scott County
Devyn Alt, Johnson County
Jennifer Wiley, Black Hawk County
Kristen Kassel, Palo Alto County