Group Photo from the 4-H Fashion Revue April 2019

Group photo of the 4-H Fashion Revue

4-H Fashion Revue – Life Skills Learned

By Linda Tripp, Issue Leader, 4-H Youth Development


Although the Revue takes place in April, 4-H members have been working since the beginning of the year to prepare for their participation in the 2019 4-H Fashion Revue. The culminating event found 20 local 4-H members on the runway at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie. 4-H members, from kindergarten through high school, were wearing the garments they sewed this winter.

While at the morning event, the 4-H members were able to meet with an evaluator who judged them on their construction techniques as well as how the garment looked on the member – color, fit, accessories. They also wrote their commentary for the revue, practiced their walk and pivots - for their turn on the runway, and stopped at the creativity station where they were able to use markers and stickers to decorate paper placemats for spring. These were donated to the Office for the Aging to be used at their congregate senior meal sites.

You may be wondering why youth still learn to sew and then model what they have created? Yes, it is likely that they could purchase a similar garment for less cost and less invested time. But, in doing so, they would not have been able to select the pattern and fabric that worked together in the manner they wanted. They would not have practiced perseverance and how to keep at the process, not only until the garment was done but also completed in an acceptable manner. (Several 4-H members did share in their commentaries that the seam ripper became their good friend!) They would not have gained practice in being before a group of people. And finally, they would not have heard the applause and the murmurs of approval from their parents, friends and others.

Participants from Columbia County were: Udderly Impossibles 4-H Club – Courtney Loucks; Leita and Randy Albertson; Anthony, Joseph, and Matthew Cordato; Valerie Kopec; and Annie and Elise Sayer.  Mountain Rangers 4-H Club – Vidar, Marian and Alexander Pirrone.

Participants from Greene County were: Medway Mountaineers 4-H Club – Henry, Edward and Ian Ross; and Izabelle Shultz.

Participants from Rensselaer County were: Fashionista’s 4-H Club – Amelia Pello; and, Lucy and Jessica Haynes.

4-H members selected to participate in the NYS Fair 4-H Fashion Revue are Courtney Loucks and Edward Ross.  Honorable Mention went to Vidar Pirrone.

Visitors to Ag Day, a 4-H 90 th Anniversary Event, will be able to enjoy a full stage schedule including the 4-H Fashion Show at 12:30 PM. Ag Day is on Saturday, June 1 from 10AM to 2PM at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Greene County Youth Fair visitors will be treated to the 4-H Fashion Show on Saturday, July 27 at 12:30 PM. As well, those visiting the Columbia County Fair this summer will be able to watch the 4-H Fashion Show on Sunday, September 1, at 12 Noon outside Columbia Hall.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. The programs provided by this organization are partially funded by monies received from the Counties of Columbia and Greene.

4-H is New York’s only youth development program directly connected to the technological advances and the latest research at Cornell University. 4-H participants learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through hands-on projects in three primary program areas: science and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. To find out more about 4-H and youth programs in Columbia and Greene Counties, contact us at 518-828-3346 or or visit our website, . You can also “Like” us on Facebook…Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties.

Last updated May 28, 2019