“A Splash of Color” was the theme for the 2010 Hidalgo County 4-H Fashion Show held on March 27 in Monte Alto.

The annual event gives 4-H members the opportunity to show off their clothing projects. Participants in the Buying Division learn consumer skills by comparing outfits at three different stores, and purchase the one that best fits their tastes and budgets. Participants in the Construction Division learn how to sew an entire outfit and alter a pattern for fit and individual preference.

But participants learn much more than just how to add to their wardrobe, according to Nora N. Garza, county Extension agent for The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Hidalgo County.

“Youths develop pose and confidence by modeling their clothing on stage,” Garza said. “They also get to practice their speaking skills in interviews with judges, who ask questions about their clothing projects, and by taking part in the awards ceremony.”

Clarissa Olivarez served as mistress of ceremony with the assistance of Cassandra Chapa and Nathan Bradford. Delta Area 4-H Club presented the opening ceremonies and served as host club for the event.

The winners are as follows:

Construction Division — Junior - Casual, Timothy Bradford, top winner; Dressy, Madalyn Rae Rodriguez, top winner; Ella Gonzalez, first runner-up; Specialty, Vanessa Martinez, top winner, and Kaitlyn Gonzalez, first runner-up; Formal, Anixa Hernandez, top winner; Intermediate — Casual, Renee Boyle, top winner; Claudia Martinez, first runner-up; Formal — Brianna Bullion top winner; Senior — Specialty, Nathan Bradford, top winner.

Buying Division - Junior — Dressy — Bianca Garcia, top winner; Intermediate — Casual — Dallas Goldammer, top winner; Specialty — Krista Olivarez, top winner; Amanda Salinas, first runner-up; Dressy- Karina Gonzalez, top winner; Senior — Casual- Cassandra Chapa, top winner; Dressy — Clarissa Olivarez, top winner. Clovers exhibiting their outfits were Jocelyn Boyle, Sarah Goldammer and Deandra Chapa.

The Craft and Fiber Arts Contest was a big hit. 4-Her’s sewed pillowcases and quilt tops and crocheted scarves and hats, among the 13 items entered. Several sponsors have offered to donate prize money next year to encourage youths to sew.

First place winners are as follows: Fabric Clothing and Accessories: Junior — Vanessa Martinez, first; Intermediate — Amanda Salinas, first; Knitted and Crocheted Clothing and Accessories — Intermediate — Claudia Martinez, first; Decorated Garments and Accessories — Junior — Vanessa Martinez, first; Intermediate — Claudia Martinez, first; Senior - Onelisa Garza, first; Home Accessories — Intermediate — Amanda Salinas, first; Claudia Martinez, second; Fabric Creations — Intermediate — Rebecca de la Garza, first; Jewelry — Junior — Vanessa Martinez, first; Quilts — Junior — Vanessa Martinez, first; Intermediate — Claudia Martinez, first.

Rebecca de la Garza of Valley Eagles 4-H Club was awarded Best of Show for the outfit she made for her toy wolf.

A first-time visitor to the Fashion Show commented that she was awed by the positive atmosphere and was impressed by the youths’ poise and their pride in their projects.

“She noticed what we hope to achieve at every 4-H event: to give youths the opportunity to grow as they develop life skills,” Garza said.

For more information about the 4-H program, contact Doug Denny, 4-H agent, at 383-1026.