Awardrobe Clothing Event

Thursday, August 8, 2019, Iowa State Fairgrounds Youth Inn

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 will meet one-on-one with a judge about their understanding and use of design elements and principles within their selected category.  At the end of the day, participants model their garments in a public runway show.

Event Participation Guidelines and Rules

2019 Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibits, Communications and Awardrobe Premium Book and Schedule Includes rules, participation guidelines, and awards. The rules section replaces clothing event judges orientation, eligibility requirements, $15 challenge Q&A. Please discontinue the use of any of these resources.

Please note in 2019 there is a change to the participation guidelines. Each county may select the following number of participants in each class to represent their county. The categories in each class are only for entry limit purposes, they will not be referenced or utilized 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 Forms and Information

Image of Schedule Groups 1, 2, 3 for Awardrobe Event

Awardrobe Clothing Event Coordinator Checklist

  1. Review the Awardrobe Clothing Event Rules (above) to assist you in selecting your county participants.
    • 4-H members can represent their county at the state fair event in only one class in a given 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.
      • Allow the 4-H member to select in which category they would like to advance and move the alternate up in the other category. OR
      • Ask your judge to select the exhibitor that will represent the county in each category.
    • Exhibits may not be used in the same year for both Awardrobe Clothing Event and as a State Fair static exhibit. If they are selected for both they will need to choose one or the other.
    • Encourage judges to be “appropriate-attire neutral." However, judges should evaluate garment fit. Often clothing deemed “inappropriate” has fit issues.
  2. Direct youth participants to this page to find their "Exhibitor Letter" and their "Awardrobe Clothing Event Report Form." This form is required for each entry.
  3. Review the schedule with participants, there are staggered arrival times for each county. Requests for alternate group times must be requested in advance.
  4. County staff should begin entries as soon as they have participant info, edits can be made through July 31. Help sheets are available on the State Fair exhibits page.
  5. 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.
  6. The entry fee is $30 per youth and will be billed to the county following State Fair. Cancellations must be emailed to the event coordinator (in the sidebar on this page) by 5:00 PM on July 31 in order to avoid being charged the $30 entry fee.
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