BELTON – The Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Fashion Revue went smoothly on Saturday afternoon at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.
The 16 participants – all girls except one 8-year-old boy – walked the runway in the room for special occasions on the upper floor of the auditorium. Family members and friends applauded and took photos.
“We’re grateful to be here,” said Jennifer Smith, superintendent of Fashion Revue. “So many shows have been canceled. We are doing everything we can to maintain this mass for the children. “
The Grand Champion Award went to Grace Pohl from the Tigertown 4-H Club and the Reserve Grand Champion to Jessalyn Payne from the Stampede Creek 4-H Club. Payne won the champion in the Senior Specialty Division to qualify for the higher honor.
The 19-year-old Pohl won the champion in the senior division for evening and evening wear. She wore an orange floor-length dress and said she was destined for the University of Texas.
Second in that division was Penny Parmer of Holland Family Career Community Leaders of America. Par-mer, 15, is sophomore of Holland High School, is the daughter of Brad and Ste-Phanie Parmer. She was the reserve grand champion of last year’s revue. The black taffeta dress she wore on Saturday is a 1957 Vogue swatch, she said. She used a machine and hemmed the skirt by hand.
“I’ve been competing since third grade,” she said. “I plan to be a family consumer science teacher, but sewing is my hobby. I like to sew because it allows me to take a break from the real world and relax. “
Her grandmother, Patsy Parmer, taught her how to sew, she said. She also credited Cathy Cleveland, her consumer science family teacher.
Jake Czerwinski, 8, from Holland 4-H, said the work apron he modeled was his first sewing project. He is the son of Wendy and Marcin Czerwinksi.
“It was really fun,” he said.
He also entered a lamb and other projects into the fair.
13-year-old Jane Gauntt from the Tigertown 4-H Club won first place in the intermediate class with her deer costume. She is the daughter of Jerri Gaunt and John Gaunt Jr. and an eighth grader in Belton Middle School.
“Me and my girlfriend made an M&M costume with the same skirt for a year, so I just changed the skirt color and made a vest with a detachable tail,” she said.
She plans to attend Texas A&M University and is considering becoming a lawyer, she said.
Raeley Fleming, 10, fifth grader with Thomas Arnold Elementary in Salado, won first place in the intermediate division of two or more sewn pieces. She called her outfit a “tie wrap”.
“It takes a lot of hard work,” she said. “It’s just a really fun experience and good for beginners.”
Her grandmother Caroline Frasier taught her how to sew, she said. She plans to attend Texas Tech University and wants to become a neurologist.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Wood of the Tigertown 4-H Club took second place in the Seniors’ Custom Garments section. As a junior at home, she is the daughter of Barbara and Bill Wood of Belton.
“I’ve made everything I wear,” she said.
She sewed for about 13 years.
“I love how you can create almost anything,” she said. “It’s a chance for you to demonstrate your skills.”
Amelia Castillo, 14, of 4His Glory, won the champion in the senior division of a dress. She is home schooled and the daughter of Joe and De Castillo from Troy. She plans to attend Texas A&M University and become a veterinarian. She has animals at home, she said, including a duck, rabbit, chickens, hedgehog, goat, and a pet rat that loves to climb her hair.