4-H’ers show off fashions

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On Monday, May 2, Brunswick County 4-H’ers showed off their sewing skills at the annual Spring Fashion Show held in conjunction with the annual 4-H Talent Showcase.

Spring fashions included a sundress with a bolero jacket, several pairs of pajama pants ranging from peace signs to paint-splattered fabric, and a sporty T-shirt with a fabric mouse sewn on. 

All Cloverbuds (5-8 year-olds) received a participation ribbon and a 4-H teddy bear. Participants included: Fiona Lewis, Autumn Apple and Rosemarie Yurgel. In the 9-12 year-old group, first place went to Mary Ellen Lewis, who received a trophy and $30 in Clover dollars; second place went to Lydia Lewis, who also received a trophy and $20 in clover dollars; and third place went to Bobbi Jane Lawrence, who received a trophy and $10 in Clover dollars. The last category was 13-15 year-olds with Natalie LouSandra Wells finishing in first place and Amber Yurgel coming in second.

Earlier this spring on April 26-27, 4-H had its annual Spring Sewing Workshop, led by 4-H volunteers Jane Kulesza and Trisha Apple. Participants picked out three yards of colorful cotton/poly fabric and learned to sew spring pajama pants. Participants included: Alexis Apple, Autumn Apple, Amelia Apple and Bobbi Jane Lawrence.

In the Talent Showcase, talented 4-H songbirds and dancers graced the stage. Talent included non-competitive Cloverbuds Autumn Apple (7) singing, “I am a Child of God;” Rosemarie Yurgel (8) singing “Turn Back O Man” from Godspell; and Amber Yurgel sang, “Stand.” Runner-up was McKenzie White (10), who sang “Your Hands” by J.J. Heller. Second place winners were Kenan Bridges (15) and Sammi Lawrence (15), singing “Summer Loving” from the Grease soundtrack. First place went to talented ballet dancer Mary Ellen Lewis (12) dancing to “Scherzetto.” Her accompaniment was pre-recorded piano music by her sister, Lydia. The first- and second-place winners advance to district competition in Lenoir County.

Volunteers judges for this year’s events were: Cathy Furples, local vocal coach, piano teacher and co-producer of “What Made the Clock Rock” of Amuzu Theatre, and Jen Iapalucci, mom to Max and Milo, as well as local director for Brunswick Little Theatre. Both worked hard and judged well and also offered the 4-H’ers helpful tips.

Susan Morgan, retired food and nutrition extension agent, and Lisa Bridges, local upholstery seamstress with Daniel Too Upholstery judged garments before the fashion review. Volunteer photographer Stacie Walter from Time 2 Remember Portrait Studio caught all the special moments on camera.

The attendees were also entertained by master of ceremonies volunteer John Lawrence with Elrod, Jones, Lawrence Financial Consultants, Wells Fargo.