Awardrobe Clothing Event

August 2020, Virtual Platform

The Iowa State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event is for 4-H members in grades 9-12 who are interested in showcasing apparel design and production knowledge.  Youth share their understanding and use of design elements and principles within their selected category. Changes to the Awardrobe Clothing Event will be updated on this page as information becomes available. The majority of event rules and guidelines will remain the same, but some awards may be different for 2020. Confirmed awards to date include:

  • Award plaques for the top five entries in each class.
  • Two $25 awards for outstanding sewing skills in Fashion Revue presented by the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.
  • One inspiring participant (must have been selected as top five in class), and who has expressed an interest in furthering their education in the area of textiles and clothing, hospitality management, or consumer sciences will be awarded a $500 scholarship to the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences’ Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management.

Event Participation Guidelines and Rules

The current year Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits, Communications and Awardrobe Premium Book and Schedule includes rules, participation guidelines, and awards. The rules section replaces several older publications, please use only publications posted on this page to assist your participants or judges with these events.

Each county may select the following number of participants in each class. The categories are only used for entry limit purposes and to encourage participants to explore a variety of clothing types, they are not used in the judging process.

  • Fashion Revue Class: Four participants with no more than two (2) participants with an entry in any given category (athletic wear, formal wear, everyday wear, costume). Fashion Revue is for clothing project area members who will model an outfit of one to three pieces that they have constructed, hand-knitted, machine-knitted, or crocheted during the current 4-H year.
  • $15 Challenge Class: Three participants with no more than one (1) participant with an entry in any given category (athletic wear, formal wear, everyday wear, costume). The $15 Challenge is for 4-Hers to model an outfit purchased for $15 or less from resale venues (garage sales, consignment or thrift stores, etc) that represents an intended use for the selected outfit. The participant should have had individual or group experiences in choosing shopping alternatives, evaluating fit, quality and construction features, price, and cost comparison. A receipt is required.
  • Clothing Selection Class: Three participants with no more than one (1) participant with an entry in any given category (athletic wear, formal wear, everyday wear, costume). Clothing selection is for selected or purchased outfits that represent the 4-Her's goal or intended use, based on individual or group experiences in choosing shopping alternatives, evaluating fit, quality and construction features, price and cost comparison. 

Iowa State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event Youth Checklist

  1. Please review the orientation video for information on how to fill out your report form.
  2. Fill out the Awardrobe Clothing Event Report Form 4HP 5091.
  3. Submit the form, your receipts (if in $15 challenge), and one to three photos to your county 4-H staff before the deadline they provided you.

Awardrobe Clothing Event Coordinator Checklist

  1. Review the Awardrobe Clothing Event rules (on the State Fair information page) to assist you in selecting your county's participants.
    • 4-H members can represent their county at the state fair event in only one class per year. Decide in advance which of the following procedures you will use in case a 4-H member has the top entry in more than one class. Two common processes are 1) allowing the youth exhibitor to decide which category they'd like to exhibit in, or 2) asking your judge to select the exhibitor that will exhibit in each class.
    • Exhibits may not be used in the same year in both the Awardrobe Clothing Event and as a State Fair static exhibit.
  2. Participants will need to submit a completed official report form, one to three photos (two are optional). $15 challenge participants will also need to submit a copy of their receipt(s).
    • Direct your participants to this page to find their report form and the orientation video to help them fill it out.
    • Provide them with a county deadline to supply this information to you.
    • They can also review the Awardrobe Judges Comment Form 4HP 5090 if they wish to become familiar with the judging criteria.
  3. County staff should begin entries as soon as they have participant info, edits can be made through July 31. Help videos will be posted here annually. General Fair Entry help materials are on the State Fair exhibit page.
  4. The report form, a color photo of the participant in their outfit, and $15 challenge receipts must be entered in Fair Entry on or before July 31, when entries will be considered final. Late fairs must contact the event coordinator to negotiate an alternate deadline.
  5. The entry fee will be waived for 2020.