Nora Jozlyn struts across the Style Show stage in an outfit that she sewed for the Fabric and Fashion event at CCF on Wednesday .
Where can you find a young woman in a pencil skirt, a cowboy in boots and a kid wearing pajamas all in the same room? The Campbell County Fair’s (CCF) Style Show.
The 4-H and FFA contestants modeled their award-winning designs at Wednesday afternoon’s Fabric and Fashion competition in Energy Hall at CCF.
The rules were simple: at least one item had to be sewn by the competitor in order to participate in the Construction division or bought for the Ready to Wear Buymanship division.
Ben Hudson, a 9-year-old who recently moved up from the Clover Buds to 4-H, said that he had a great time competing and submitting his first project this year.
Hudson explained how he’d sewn a pair of blue lounge pants with help from his mother Shannon as he modeled his handcrafted style before the panel of judges.
“Modeling was fun,” Hudson said after walking across the stage. “I think I did good today, because I got a blue ribbon.”
Though he’d never participated in this competition before, Hudson said that his project only took him about two-and-a-half days to complete, because he had prior sewing experience.
“I made a quilt this year, too,” he announced proudly during an interview. “It’s going to State Fair.”
According to Hudson, receiving an invitation to the Wyoming State Fair, which will take place in Douglas on August 11-15, is one of the most exciting things that can happen to a 4-H or FFA member this week.
Hailey Walter, a 14-year-old intermediate competitor, agreed. She also received a state fair invitation for her non-wearable construction submission.
Walter made a purse for her mother using multiple neutral-colored fabrics to give it a “more sophisticated” look.
When submitting an entry to Fabric and Fashion at CCF, competitors have the option to make non-wearable items like pillows, bags or curtains. Walter said that she entered the non-wearable portion of the competition because she wasn’t much for modeling as she learned last year.
“I didn’t like it because I felt awkward and like everyone was staring at me,” she said.
Even though Walter didn’t want to strut her stuff before the judges, she was still a top pick in the construction portion of the competition.
Style Show announcer Rick Johnson proclaimed Walter as the Overall Non-wearable Construction champion in the intermediate division.
Baylie Sosebe, another 14-year-old intermediate, was all about the modeling, but not so much the sewing. Luckily for Soesbe, CCF also accepts entries from contestants who bought their outfit, then explained how and why they chose their ensemble in a mandatory Buymanship Portfolio.
Soesbe was dressed in overalls, a pink shirt and a half-up, side ponytail to embody the “retro” theme that the overalls reminded her of.
“When I was shopping, I got attracted to the overalls and then I just built the rest of the outfit around them,” she said.
Creating the portfolio, which explains how much money she spent on the outfit, how the outfit could be worn or repurposed and how much time was invested into the outfit’s creation, was the least exciting part of the process for the teen. However, she acknowledged that it was an important aspect of the competition.
“I get that they make us do it, so we can become smart shoppers,” she said sagely.
Soesbe also said she has learned countless skills and lessons throughout her time competing in fair, and was confident in all of her submissions this year, from the ranch to the runway.
“I learned a lot this year,” Soesbe said. “There was a lot of last-minute rushing that we had to do, but all of my projects turned out great and I wouldn’t really change anything.”