Melissa Heims Receives State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Recognition

Melissa Heims, a member of the Woodcenter Eagles 4-H Club, earned the Iowa State Fair’s Top 10 Percent Award in Fashion Revueduring the 2012 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event. The recognition includes a certificate and $25 gift card sponsored by the Iowa State Fair Board.

Also participating from Clayton County were Rachel Moser, Colesburg, Haley Bergan, Edgewood and Ryan Moser Colesburg. The 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event consists of three categories: Clothing Selection, in which a participant selects or purchases an outfit for a specific occasion; Fashion Revue, in which a garment is constructed, hand-knitted, machine-knitted or crocheted by a participant; and The $15 Challenge, in which a 4-H’er creates an outfit for $15 or less from garage sales, consignment shops or clothing resale stores such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

 “During the Awardrobe Clothing Event, 4-H’ers receive recognition based on how well they communicate, via a written report, their personal clothing and fashion goals and acquisition of effective consumer skills, their presentation style while modeling garments, and their poise and oral communication skills during a one-on-one interview with a judge,” said KeliTallman, youth development program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.

 “The Awardrobe Clothing Event also provides many exciting opportunities for youth participants to learn higher level methods of applying design elements and principles of design within their work; investigate career venues in the field of clothing, fashion and textiles; strengthen professional stage presence by modeling clothing on a runway; and earn scholarships to attend institutions of high learning such as Iowa State University,” Tallman added.

 "We are very proud of the personal accomplishments of 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event youth participants and the educational learning experiences they engage in during the event," said Chuck Morris, director of ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.

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