Berny Unruh: 4-H Fashion Revue helps kick off pre-fair events

Staff Writer
Hays Daily News
Berny Unruh

One of the first pre-fair events took place Thursday evening at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. During the Fashion Revue judging process, members in the 4-H Clothing project model the garment or outfit and they are judged on their poise, appearance, knowledge of the fabric content and the proper care of their garment. They also share their projects on stage in the public Fashion Revue. The champion garments and pictures of all participants will be displayed at the Ellis County Fair, July 13-17.

The Clothing Construction Revue includes members who have constructed a garment or outfit. Elizabeth Dickman was named the senior champion with a skirt she constructed. The junior champion was James Dickman with flannel pajama pants constructed from a Harry Potter print fabric.

In the Girl’s and Boy’s Buymanship Clothing project the member models the outfit they have purchased. In addition to knowledge of the fabric content, the members must know the cost of their total outfit and their “cost-per-wear”. If a pair of jeans are purchased and they will be worn one day each week – the price divided by 52 weeks makes the cost-per-wear very reasonable. If a member buys a fancy outfit and only wears it one time the cost-per-wear is much higher. The cost-per-wear is just one portion of the scorecard.

The champion in the senior Girl’s Buymanship was Anna Kuhn and the reserve champion winner was Karli Neher. Ella Neher was named the junior Girl’s Buymanship champion and Brynlee Walter was named the reserve champion. Boy’s Buymanship champion was Konner Haas and Reserve Champion was Kaden Haas.

An additional class that other counties may not have is the $15 challenge. The member’s outfit can be purchased from a garage sale, a thrift store or clearance sale at a local store. An exhibit form must include the cost, where it was purchased and why it was selected. The senior champion in the $15 challenge was Nicole Dreiling and Anna Kuhn was named the reserve champion. In the junior division Kaylee Schumacher won the champion ribbon and Aliyah Conner was named the reserve champion.

The 2020 4-H graduating seniors were also recognized for their years of dedication to the 4-H program. Congratulations to Jordan Hunsicker, Quentin Rupp, Heather Scheck, Colton Vajnar, Dylan Warner and Taylor Weidenhaft. The seniors were presented scholarships from the 4-H Scholarship Committee.

The Fashion Revue committee followed the fair theme “Affordable Fun” and chose to decorate with “Fashionopoly” as the focal point. Thank you to the 4-H families who volunteered to plan, organize and decorate for the 4-H Fashion Revue. Congratulations to all the participants for the hard work on their projects.

Berny Unruh is the Family and Community Wellness Agent for the Cottonwood Extension District. She can be reached at 785-628-9430 or at