On the first real fall, Saturday of the season an appropriate competition was taking place, “Make it with Wool.” This event took place at the Ag Center in Baltimore County Maryland on October 13, 2018. It attracted people from all over Maryland and from ages 6-7 to over 25.
The day started with all of the youth gatherings in the main room to hear their instructions for the day’s activities. First, they colored creative thank you notes to all of the many wonderful donors and sponsors. Then the youth would have an opportunity to practice walking in and showing their garment in traditional fashion show manner. They were given pointers, and each youth took to it like they have been doing it all of their life.
While the youth were practicing their garments were being judged on three main areas; Presentation/Fit/Appearance, Marketability/Wool Promotion and Materials/Construction. Each garment is carefully looked at by the judges and a score sheet with comments for improvements.
Lunch was provided thanks to the many sponsors and donors, and it gave the youth a chance to socialize with others that have a passion for sewing. Afterward, the participants changed into their garments they created. They would now be judged on how well they fit, and contestants were asked many questions about what they created, why they chose it and how did they go about doing this project.
While waiting, Baltimore County 4-H caught up with several of our 4-H’ers who entered this contest. First, we spoke with Alexandra Frank, an 8-year-old club member of Liberty 4-H. This was her first time competing. She chose to create a pink skirt and a gray and pink plaid poncho. When asked why do like wearing what Alexandra made she said: “it is comfortable and goes with my flow.” She also said she “liked having fun with the contest and making new friends.”
The other 4-H’er we spoke with was Kailyn Donahue who is a member of Chesnut Ridge 4-H Club. The project she decided to make was a dress with black and white polka dot wool with a black lace zipper on the back. Which in keeping with current trends the zipper is a highlight rather than hidden. When asked if she would recommend this event she said, “I would recommend it because it is a very unique experience.” She thought this outfit was very comfortable and yet stylish. The judges must have agreed with her as she was awarded the title of Grand Champion of the Preteens division.
After the contestants were finished with the personal judging, they lined up for the fashion show. Here they demonstrated their runway techniques to best show how their ensembles fit and how it moved and flowed as they walked about in front of the crowd. It was during this part that we learned of the many activities most of these participants took part in. Some were involved in sports, 4-H, band, they showed animals or were good students. One of the contestants flew in from Ohio State University to take part in the competition. Many of them are planning to wear their outfits to various social engagements, interviews, church or professional situations.
Each garment reflected its maker’s unique lifestyle.
As awards were presented, each participant received a large bag full of sewing equipment given generously by donors and by some very smart shoppers on the planning committee. It was so lovely to see so many excited and talented youth participate in “Making it with Wool.”
Next year’s contest has already been set for October 12, 2019. And you get some of your wool at the Sheep and Wool Festival on May 4-5, 2019.