Jennifer Durbin’s green formal not only won her a first-place prize and blue ribbon Monday at the Marion County 4-H Fashion Revue - it also is a state fair selection, where it may earn her additional honors.
While being questioned by the judges during the fashion show, Jennifer explained that adding jewels across the neckline was her idea. Jennifer, 17, is a member of Pleasant Day 4-H Club.
The fashion show was one of the early events at the Marion County Fair in Palmyra, Mo., where the 4-H and FFA exhibit also opened on Monday, July 30, and will be open daily until Saturday, Aug. 4, the final day of the fair.
During the fashion show, some girls wore apparel they had made under the direction of Teresa Hettinger, sewing leader of the Coffee Creek 4-H Club.
Hettinger was very proud of her girls, as she pointed out several items on exhibit that had won blue ribbons and state fair selection ribbons.
Among them were a bright pink quilt made by Elizabeth Straus and a reversible blue pencil skirt made by Dusty Arment.
Another is a blue summer dress made by Amy Blair. Amy’s dress features shirring, which Hettinger explained is like smocking, only done with a sewing machine. This was the first time Hettinger had attempted to teach this.
Amy won a first place award and blue ribbon at the fashion show, and her dress also is a state fair selection.
Amy explained this was the second dress she has made during her two years in 4-H, and she was happy with the results.
Hettinger believes her club members did well because, “they were very interested in sewing. ... They wanted to do new stuff, and we created our own patterns.”
Making their own patterns was not a new idea for Hettinger, because she learned this from her grandmother, the late Josephine Gander, and her mother, Liz Gander of rural Palmyra.
Hettinger, of Philadelphia, Mo., has been sewing all her life, after learning to quilt from her grandmother. “I learned on her treadle sewing machine when I was 10 and have been sewing ever since,” she said.
Winners of the fashion show were:
• Junior division - Eme Ridout, first place and blue ribbon; Keri Schindler, second place and blue ribbon; Kaibella Clay, blue ribbon; Eme Ridout, blue ribbon; Keri Schindler, blue ribbon; and Keri Schindler, blue ribbon.
• Intermediate division - Amy Blair, first place and blue ribbon.
• Senior division - Jennifer Durbin, first place and blue ribbon; Mikayla Todd, second place and blue ribbon; and Sarah Whiston, blue ribbon.
• Junior division - Kaibella Clay, first place and blue ribbon; Keri Schindler, second place and blue ribbon.
Page 2 of 2 - • Intermediate division - Sadie Spratt, first place and blue ribbon.
• Senior division - Marissa Todd, first place and blue ribbon.
variety of skills
The 4-H and FFA exhibits that opened Monday at the Marion County Fair include all types of projects, from fresh garden vegetables to photography, sewing, baking, and Christian decorations to large items made with wood.
Among the inspiration items is a “God is good” stepping stone made by Elizabeth Maryn Billips, 12, of Silver Spurs 4-H Club.
Another inspirational item is a wall hanging made by Mikayla Todd of Mount Zion 4-H Club, which is a blue ribbon winner and state fair selection.
At the opening day of the exhibit, Mikayla’s work was admired by Lauren VanTress and Paige Higgins, both of Palmyra, who were impressed by the way Mikayla had used a rainbow of melted crayons to illustrate a Scripture in Isaiah.
Another blue ribbon winner and state fair selection is a checkerboard made by Jennifer Hoerr of Taylor 4-H Club.
In another area of the exhibit, a park bench made by Logan Maher, 11, of Stone 4-H Club shows how skilled a club member can become at a young age.
Also showing the creativity of a youngster are a “Fall Blessings” candle centerpiece made by Jonathan Borrowman, 7, of the Marion Boosters 4-H Club and a wood squirrel feeder, also made by Jonathan.
An even younger member of his club, Lily Borrowman, 4, made a display of candles covered with a fishnet.
Daniel Lehenbauer of Lucky Few 4-H Club made a gun case that could be used all his life, and will be competing in the state fair.
The baked foods offered an opportunity to use colorful decorations, such as an apple cake baked by Jennifer Durbin and a star cake by Olivia Pennewell, both of Pleasant Day 4-H Club.
The foods came from home gardens, such as the blue ribbon-winning hot peppers displayed by Ryan Jones of Palmyra FFA.
Some foods required additional work of FFA members, including homemade hot salsa and sweet pickled beets, both of which earned blue ribbons for Kelsie Lovelace, 19, of the Palmyra FFA.
Photo exhibits were created by some young 4-H members, such as Gracie LaFoe, 9, of Coffee Creek 4-H Club.
Another attention-drawing photo is a cat in a bathroom sink, taken by Jordyn Castor, 10, also of Coffee Creek 4-H Club.
The 4-H and FFA exhibits will remain open to the public throughout the fair, which will continue through Saturday, Aug. 4.
See photo gallery for more photos of the 4-H and FFA exhibits.