Clay County 4-Hs Fall in Trend at Stephens College |


The Missouri 4-H State Fashion Revue was held in early October. After a year of virtual events, this basic fall has come with some new changes. For the first time, the State 4-H Fashion Revue was held on the Stephens College campus in Columbia.

Workshops held during the event included experiential learning and connecting skills to real-world applications. Stephens College professors Stephanie Carlo and Kirsteen Buchanan led 4-H in mood board and fashion illustration workshops. Participants also learned how to recycle T-shirts into dog toys. While many attendees chose to take their toys home, others chose to donate them to animal shelters across the state.

The annual competition showcases young people’s skills in sewing, knitting, crochet and consumer decision-making. Youth ages 8 to 18 who participate in a Missouri 4-H program were eligible to participate. This year, 53 participated, representing 20 counties.

The Clay County participants came from clubs in Smithville, Gladstone and Liberty.

The top finishers in Clay County were:

• Mackenzie Hill, 10, of Smithville 4-H, who took third place in the Junior Division of Constructed Dressy in her long red ceremonial dress;

• Hailey McDade, 13, 4-H20 member, who placed second in the middle division for her gray and yellow floral asymmetric dress with a wide ruffle;

• Rebecca McDade, 15, of 4-H20, who finished third in the senior division for her purple poly-blend romper and gray felt Clark coat;

• Grace Ritter, 12, of Lucky HS Clovers, who placed second in Intermediate Shopping in Style Dressy for her red, orange and yellow floral maxi dress;

• Caelen Farr, 13, Lucky HS Clovers, who took first place in intermediate in the 100% Cotton Constructed Casual in her gray and mustard cotton shirt dress with yellow handkerchief skirt with pockets; and

• Town and Country 4-H member Malcolm Barton, 9, who showed off his Constructed Casual pajama pants.

Missouri 4-H is a program at the University of Missouri Extension. For more information visit or contact your local MU extension center.


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