AMES, Iowa – In the name of fashion and high stakes prizes, 13 teams of 4-H teens will tear apart wedding dresses to create original garments this weekend at the Iowa State Fair. They’re competing in the Iowa 4-H “Stitch This!” fashion design event Aug. 21-22.
The public can watch the action take place in the 4-H Exhibits Building from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, said Shelly Greving, marketing coordinator for the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The event will culminate in a runway-style fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 on the 4-H Exhibits Building’s center stage.
The competition will be stylish and fierce as the teams compete for the Golden Needle award, Greving said. This first place prize includes an appearance on Michele Beschen’s “b. Organic” TV show. Each member of the winning team majoring in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University will receive a $500 scholarship. In addition, each team member will receive two tickets to the 2009 ISU Fashion Show.
The second place Silver Spool award includes a $50 gift certificate to Blonde Genius and a DVD of the 2009 ISU Fashion Show for each team member.
The Synergy award will go to the team demonstrating the best teamwork and the Artistry award will go to the team showing the most creativity.
The award-winning teams will receive glass trophies and their garments will be placed on display at ISU Extension 4-H Youth Building on the ISU campus.
In addition, each participant will receive a goodie bag from the ISU College of Human Sciences and a special “Stitch This!” t-shirt.
“Stitch This!” features celebrity judges, Greving noted.
Michele Beschen, “b. Organic.” Beschen has made it her life’s work to empower others to express their creative side and to take a fearless approach to “doing it yourself” and “being yourself.” It’s an approach that she lives by both personally and professionally. She was named one of Multi-Channel News’ 2007 On-Air Women to Watch and is gaining momentum as a content provider for national outlets like Good Morning America and the Rachael Ray Show. Her new television series “b. Organic” launched in June 2009. She lives in Van Meter with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Madeline.
Colleen Kelly, Star 102.5. Kelly’s first stint on radio was as a news reporter. However, after a slew of mispronounced words, she was moved to mornings. She joined Big Ken and Star 102.5 in 2000. A native of Lockport, Ill., she lives in Beaverdale with her two cats Fatty and Sassy. She loves triathlons and mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Ann Thye, Iowa State University. Thye has been an academic adviser for ISU students in the Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production program since 2003. She has been responsible for, and adviser to, many of the innovations in the program related to advising services and extracurricular activities, including the Common Threads learning community, an internship and career preparation class, the student magazine and many service learning activities. She has an extensive background in business and has been a 4-H clothing judge for many years.
Caine Westergard, 2009 Iowa State Fair Queen. A Plymouth County 4-H’er, Westergard originally intended to be a participant in the event as a member of the Sew What? team. She passed on that opportunity when she was named State Fair Queen Aug. 15. Instead, she will provide color commentary and feedback to the teams, but will not participate in the voting to name award winners. Westergard, 17, is the daughter of Carl and Colleen Westergard of rural Ireton, and will be a senior at Akron-Westfield High School this fall.
“Stitch This!” sponsors are Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development, ISU College of Human Sciences, Michele Beschen and Estilo Salon, which is providing hair and make-up stylists for all the models in the runway show.