A couple hundred 4-H supporters, parents and club members came armed with cameras and appetites to a gathering at Athletic Park Tuesday night.
It was the annual fashion review and supporter picnic.
And this year, the fashion review sported more to contestants than in years past.
“We had more participants this year,” said extension agent Susan Jackson. “That is exciting for me.”
The past few years the category has averaged about 23 contestants, according to Jackson. This year there were 29 in the “buymanship” category — including one girl who modeled an outfit that cost only $3.
She and her mother “upcycled” clothing and materials from the Et Cetera shop to create her entry.
“I saw a lot of moms helping girls learn to sew,” Jackson said. “Along with aunts and grandmas. I think that is wonderful.”
The buymanship category, where entrants purchase clothes to model in the review, grew in size this year as well.
“Buymanship is important,” Jackson sid. “We know how important a first impression is.”
Following the review, ribbons were given.
The evening included a potluck meal for everyone in attendance, and concluded with a pool party for 4-H members.