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Fairgoers Find Unique 4-H Clothing Exhibits



AMES, Iowa--4-H’ers exhibiting clothing construction at the fair share their knowledge, celebrate the past and demonstrate creativity as they try new materials, recycle the old and construct traditional costumes. Fairgoers can stop by the 4-H Exhibits Building in the southwest corner of the Iowa State Fairgrounds by Sunday, Aug. 19 to view the displays.

In Iowa, 4-H is a program of Iowa State University Extension and is headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.

Want something unique? Kristen Geiger, a 17-year-old high school graduate from Boone County, brought a three-dress collection she designed using small tile chips applied to the bodice or midriff of each black garment. Kristen is headed to Iowa State University this fall and plans to major in fashion merchandising.  

Looking to recycle? Angela Barr, a rising high school sophomore from Scott County, recycled old neckties into a one-of-a-kind skirt. Read her report to find out how she selected ties and sewed them together to create  the garment.

Meredith Pennings recycled a pair of her worn out jeans into a purse. She finished it off with polka dot sash and lining and a beaded handle, all for a cost of $10.66.

Allison Wood of Prescott in Adams County also fashioned a purse, but she selected her dad’s ready-to-be-trashed green leather boots. Going from trash to treasure, the boot-top purse cost Allison $11 in new materials, a bargain compared to those she saw selling for $40 to $100 at a Mississippi horseshow.

Wanting a traditional costume? Check out a German dirndl created by Angela Wrage from Tama County. The rising high school freshman earned her blue ribbon with a garment comprised of an olive green skirt with gold embroidery and a cream colored blouse.

Kristi Palsma, a rising high school sophomore from Sioux County, created a Dutch costume using a pink, green and cream floral print top and skirt trimmed with cream lace. She used matching lace for a shawl and bonnet and added a long overskirt of burgundy with a cream lace apron.

Emily Dickinson of Harrison County fashioned a Korean Hanbok of satin and brocade with ribbon trim. Koreans use “bot” as a general term for clothing. Traditional clothing and adornments are called “hanbok,” an abbreviation of the term “Han-guk pokshik,” meaning Korean attire.  Emily’s hanbok uses a vibrant deep green and crystal white.


Contacts :

Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu


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