The state 4-H Fashion Revue is typically among the more anticipated events at the Kansas State Fair, and it's easy to see why, said Becky Reid, who is a former 4-H member, former state Fashion Revue participant, and now a K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agent in Cowley County, and co-chair for the 2011 event.
She was inspired to suggest this year's theme, "Fashion Detour", by a "State Fair Highway" road sign on Highway 96, north of Wichita, she said.
Both of the 2011 4-H State Fashion Revues are scheduled for the final Saturday of the Fair, Sept. 17, and will be staged in Hansen Auditorium in the 4-H Encampment Building at the north end of the fairgrounds; the Constructed Garment Revue, with 49 participants, will begin at 4 p.m.; the Buymanship Revue, with 155 participants, will begin at 5 p.m.
There is no charge to attend the events (beyond the cost of admission to the fair), said Reid, who is sharing the planning responsibilities with Lyon County agents Rhonda Gordon (Family and Consumer Sciences), and Corinne Patterson (4-H), and agents in Extension offices in southeast Kansas.
The revue usually includes some surprises, too, she said. This year, for example, Kyler Arpin, from Salina, will represent the Central Kansas Extension District in the Buymanship Division.
Arpin, a senior in high school, will be modeling a suit his grandfather (George "Pete" Thomas, now deceased) chose to wear to his parents wedding more than 25 years ago.
He compared the vintage suit to new -- and more expensive -- suits, and chose to return to the same local clothing store where his grandfather had purchased to suit for alterations, which, he said, cost about $40.
I've learned a lot about evaluating the quality of clothing and shopping to build a wardrobe in the 4-H project, said Arpin, who plans a career combining agriculture and engineering.
More information about 4-H clothing and other educational projects is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state and online: www.Kansas4H.org. More information about the 2011 Kansas State Fair is available at www.kansasstatefair.com.