4-H Fashion Revue Heralds Fair

The 4-H Fashion Revue this week heralds the approach of the annual Sheridan County Fair.

Officially, the fair doesn't start until July 31, but the fashion revue will be this Wednesday at Sheridan College.

The pre-fair show is a 4-H tradition, according to Liz Shafer. She is the 4-H Educator for the University of Wyoming Extension Service in Sheridan. She said most county fairs have the fashion revue about a week in advance, before the fair gets into full swing.

The event in Sheridan will start at 7 o'clock in Whitney Hall, the college's main building. The revue, which is open to the public, caps a full day of activities for 4-H participants. Their activities start at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning with fabric and fashion interview judging, followed by fashion revue judging. Those events are also at the college.

The show features competition in three categories, including construction, buymanship and an “embellished” category. In the construction category, 4-H members make their own clothing. In buymanship, judging is based on how well the person puts together a fashion “look” using purchased clothes. Competitors in the “embellished” category buy an item of clothing, usually used, and use decorations or trim to give the item a new look. The 4-H educator said the “embellished” competition is original to the Sheridan County Fair.

She added 17 youth are competing in construction this year, 26 in buymanship, and 11 in embellished. The total number of competitors isn't known, she said, because one person can compete in all three categories.

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