4-H Fashion Club members show off creations

August 06, 2000

4-H Fashion Club members show off creations

By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

4-H Fashion ReviewThe soggy, muddy grounds of the Washington County Ag Expo didn't stop more than 20 youngsters from dressing up Sunday and showing off flashy gowns, casual wear and pajamas in the annual 4-H Fashion Revue, dubbed Fashions of the 1900s.


The youths, members of the 4-H Fashion Club, proudly strutted their clean, conservative garb before a crowd of about 100 people, while their mud-saturated feet left a trail of muck across the stage of the show barn.

The conditions didn't seem to bother the kids, as they waved and smiled to friends and family members in the audience.


Angela Uzelac-Koontz, head of the Fashion Club and organizer of the revue, said the kids are just happy they have the chance to show off their new clothes.

"A lot of the kids like to get dressed up and show themselves off," Uzelac-Koontz said.

All of the contestants were being judged in two categories: custom-made or ready-to-wear outfits. The participants in the custom-made category were judged on modeling abilities, outfits and interviews, while those in the ready-to-wear category were judged on cost of outfits, how they fit and how often the outfits can be worn, Uzelac-Koontz said.

The contest was broken down in three divisions, juniors (ages 8 to 10); intermediates (ages 11 to 13) and seniors (ages 14 to 18).

Megan and Marci Drury, 16-year-old sisters from Cedar Falls, were both named champions in the senior division of the competition.

Marci Drury spent about 10 hours making a satin purple prom dress, while Megan spent about 5 hours making herself a blue satin Easter dress.

"We've been sewing about 10 years," Marci Drury said. "I like doing it. You can make (the clothes) how you want to."

While Marci sews as a hobby, Megan Drury said she hopes to use her skill for a career in interior design.

"Some of the kids sew just for the competition and some sew year round," Uzelac-Koontz said. "They make their dresses for Christmas, for Easter, for the prom, anything. It's a really good learning experience for them, and being in front of people helps with shyness."

Other champions included Leanna Young, Samantha Spencer and Katie Frey in the juniors division; Corey Hamby, Anna Lenhart, Jordan Creek, Daveeda Land, Jamie Beckley, Rebecca Connor and Ashley Jones in the intermediates division; and in addition to the Drury sisters, Megan Reid, Rhonda Uzelac and Stacie Crist in the seniors division.

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