4-H members Madalynn Blair, Sabrina Ceballos, Makayla Jenkins, Gabrielle McAllister, Elizabeth Myers attended the Eastern Region 4-H Fashion and Design Conference in Pigeon Forge from June 3 to 5.
Lynne Middleton, Extension agent; Jennings Kelley and Shannon Kelley also attended the conference.
Participants at the three-day conference completed a number of activities including sewing T-shirt pillows, designing magnet boards out of cookie pans, designing fashions for Barbie, making beaded necklaces and weaving rubber band bracelets. The youth shopped at the Tanger Outlet Mall where they also completed a smart-shopping scavenger hunt.
The 113 attendees ate one night’s dinner at the Apple Barn and visited the “Smoky Mountain Opry” for an evening show.
The “Smoky Mountain Opry” staff brought some of the costumes and did a lesson on how they design and clothe the performers.
The Goodwill Store of Knoxville also brought some garments from their store and worked with youth on pairing affordable clothes to make hip and fashionable outfits for minimal costs.
At the conclusion of the conference, the girls walked in a fashion show where they competed in two categories.
They made their garment (for the Construction Contest) or bought their garment (for the Selection Category).
Jennings Kelley won first-place in the 12th-grade Construction Contest with her owl costume she made.
“The whole project took over three days to cut, put together, and sew,” said Kelley’s mother, Shannon.
The conference in Pigeon Forge is held every June. Participants pay $100 but the remainder of the cost is offset by the Juanita Fazola Grant at the Tennessee 4-H Foundation. The youth attending the conference learn responsibility, record-keeping, leadership, and citizenship skills, in addition to fashion sense and selecting garments.
For more information on future camps or questions about 4-H, please contact Lynne Middleton at LMiddle2@utk.edu or 423-728-7001.