Clothing Event Judges Tips

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The Iowa State Fair Clothing Event has three categories: Fashion Revue, Clothing Selection, and The $15 Challenge.

Participants in the Iowa State Fair 4-H Clothing Event must be in the 4-H senior designation,
grades 9-12.

The number of participants eligible to represent a county is listed in each category. However,  4-H’ers can represent their county at the state fair event in only one category in a given year.  If a 4-H member is the top entry in more than one category, the county has two ways of
handling it:

  1. Make it the judges’ responsibility to select the person that will represent the county in each category, or
  2. Allow the 4-H’er to select in which category they would like to advance and move the alternate up in the other category(ies). Make sure you have decided which method you will use in advance and build it into your county procedures.

The 4-H members’ judging experience should include education, encouragement and evaluation. Two thirds of the experience is not about evaluation! “Perfect” standards are unrealistic and harmful to both the participant and the 4-H program.

Encourage judges to be “appropriate neutral”. If the parents let their 4-H’er out of the house wearing this outfit, we assume the outfit passed their family appropriate test. However, judges should evaluate garment fit. Often clothing deemed “inappropriate” is really related to fit.  Common fit issues are too tight, too short, or too revealing.


Fashion Revue

Fashion Revue Evaluation Form

The purpose of this category is to encourage sewing. Garment constructed by the 4-H'er.

4-H’ers must be enrolled in the clothing project.

4-H’ers may advance to the Iowa State Fair 4-H Clothing Event more than once in Fashion Revue.

Four participants will be eligible to represent each county with no more than two from any one category (male, female, minority), the fourth going into the “open” category.

Garments do not have to be perfect to advance. (There is NO “4-H way” to sew!)

Consideration is given to fit, color, style, suitability, attractiveness, quality of construction, stage presentation, and required care.

$15 Challenge

$15 Challenge Evaluation Form

This category is designed to expand the 4-H’er’s shopping experience to different shopping venues. Outfits must be purchased at a garage sale, consignment store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or similar place. (Hand-me-downs or clothing as gifts belong in Clothing Selection IF 4-H’er actually selected the item(s).

Like Clothing Selection, participants in this category do not have to be enrolled in the clothing project. 4-H’ers should have had an individual or county planned clothing selection educational experience.

4-H’ers may advance to the State 4-H Clothing Event only once in The $15 Challenge.

Three participants will be eligible to represent each county with no more than one from each category (male, female, minority).

$15 is the limit, and that includes tax if the outfit is purchased at a consignment store. (Garage sales, Goodwill, and Salvation Army type stores do not charge sales tax.)

A receipt must be included. (A garage sale receipt might be a piece of paper that has the name of the place such as “Jane Doe garage sale”, date, amount paid, and signature of person selling at the garage sale.) If garments in outfit were purchased at more than one location, more than one receipt should be included. Failure to provide receipt(s) or sales slip(s) will result in loss of 4 points.

An outfit consists of a top and a bottom. The $15 Challenge does not include shoes and accessories.

There are no additional points if an outfit was way under $15. If the total is $15 or less, the points are given. If the outfit was in the “free” box at a garage sale, “free” can be listed on the form (and receipt).

Clothing Selection

Clothing Selection Evaluation Form

The purpose of this class is to model an outfit selected by the 4-H’er for a particular purpose or event.

Participants do not have to be enrolled in the clothing project. 4-H’ers should have had an individual or county planned clothing selection experience(s) in choosing shopping alternatives, evaluating fit, color, style, suitability, attractiveness, quality and construction features, stage presentation, required care, and/or cost comparisons.

4-H’ers may advance to the Iowa State Fair 4-H Clothing Event only once in Clothing Selection.

Three participants will be eligible to represent each county with no more than one from each category (male, female, minority).

Judging is based on fit, color, style, suitability, attractiveness, quality and construction features, stage presentation, required care, and cost comparison.

Judges are to remain neutral on amount spent (if the math is correct, the points are given).

There are no “extra points” based on price spent on the outfit, on either the high end or low end as we have no way to know the resources available to individual 4-H’ers.

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