Merced 4-H Youth Development
Merced 4-H Youth Development
Merced 4-H Youth Development
University of California
Merced 4-H Youth Development

Food Fashion and Fun Festival

Merced County

Food Fashion and Fun Festival 2020

March 28, 2020

9 AM Registration

Joe Stefani School 2768 Ranchero Lane Merced

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Merced County 4-H invites you to come join us as we celebrate creativity in the home arts at our annual Food Fashion and Fun Festival.

 For more information contact the 4-H office at 209-385-7418. 

Fashion Revue- Enter your Traditional, Purchased, Boxed, Vintage or Cosplay Challenge Categories to be judged by our panel of experts.  Then model your garment in our fashion show. 


Adult Bibs Community Service Project-

Have you ever visited a nursing home at mealtime? You can brighten the life of a nursing home resident with a fun, colorful bib to protect their clothing. This service project consists of sewing adult-size bibs for people in care facilities. They should be made of easy-care fabrics that will withstand many spills and washing.

NICU Incubator Blankets Community Service Project-

Making cotton blankets to cover incubators in the NICU’s.

Judging Contest


All participants will be given the same selection of food items to make a dish that does not require cooking.  They will be able to select additional items from the Food Table (store) that will be provided.  Dishes will be judged.

Cupcake Wars

Participants will be given cupcakes to decorate. They may bring their own decorations to use or use the ones provided.  They may plan their designs before they event.

Cookie Judging

Participants may bring cookies they made at home to be judged.  Each entry should be a dozen cookies.  Please include the recipe.  Participants must provide a sign that state who made the cookies, and type of cookie.

Still Exhibit Sewing Items

Bring your still exhibit sewing items to be judged. These can include pillows, blankets, tote bags, purses or any other sewing item that cannot be worn.

Tentative Schedule:

All DAY:  Enrichment activities:  Crafts, Judging Contests, and Demonstrations
9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening Ceremony

10:00 Judging of Fashion Revue, Workshops and Judging Events

12:00 Lunch-

12:30 Award Ceremony

1:00 Fashion Show

Entry Deadline: March 19, 2018


  • The outfit must be created, coordinated and modeled by the 4-H member participant.
  • Outfits are subject to review for modesty and appropriate attire. Formal wear may be strapless or have spaghetti straps. Backless dresses, excessive visible cleavage, visible undergarments, lingerie or swim suits are not permitted.

Traditional category

Participants in this category will construct garment(s), showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit. The garment(s) in this category must be sewn by the member as part of the Clothing & Textiles/Sewing Project.

Consumer Science Purchased, $40.00 Limit

Participants in this category will shop for an entire outfit with the total cost not to exceed $40.00, including shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. The member should consider value vs. cost, versatility, the shopping experience, and coordination of the outfit within the cost limit. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. 

Box Challenge

For 2019: Red, White & Blue

Participants in this challenge will sew one or more garments that contain 3 colors – red, white, and blue. If one garment is sewn it has to contain all 3 colors. If more than one garment is sewn, the sewn garments together must contain the 3 colors. The fabrics(s) may contain other colors but the predominant colors must be red, white, and blue.

In addition, choose from the following elements that are in your box. Junior members must include at least one in their sewn garment(s). Intermediate members must include at least two. Senior members must include at least three. The garment(s) must be sewn by the member as part of the Clothing & Textiles/Sewing project.

In the box:

  • Buttons- must use at least 3 red, white or blue or combination. For Juniors they may be decorative. For Intermediates and Seniors, they must be functional.
  • Zipper- red, white or blue; functional not just decorative.
  • Trim – red, white or blue or a combination of colors – for example: rickrack, lace, piping, braid, bias tape binding, etc.
  • Contrast exposed lining (that shows) – for example: rolled up sleeves or pant legs
  • Collar, ruffle, or set-in sleeve
  • Handmade accessory – red, white, or blue, or combination of these colors

Vintage Challenge

The term "vintage" is used to describe clothing between 20 and 100 years old that is also clearly representative of the era in which it was produced. To be called vintage, the piece should strongly reflect styles and trends associated with that era. Participants in this challenge will create an outfit that is inspired by or looks like a design from 1900-2000, using new fabric and notions. The entry must state the year or period of the design and include a drawing, photo, or description of the classic design that is being reproduced or duplicated. Add accessories to complete the outfit that are reminiscent of that time period. The outfit must feature at least one handmade garment made by the member. Other pieces of the outfit must be representational and recognizable as belonging to the same era as the hand made garment. The garment(s) in this challenge must be sewn by the member as part of the Clothing & Textiles/Sewing Project.

Cosplay Challenge

Cosplay is the practice of dressing to resemble a fictional character from a movie, book, or video game. Cosplay can also depict an original character or a historical character.

Participants in this challenge will construct a cosplay costume. Start with a photo or drawing of the character that inspired the costume. Use any crafting techniques and any materials to make the costume. Pre-made, purchased costume kits, or parts of kits are not allowed. Accessories may be purchased. Do not include real or realistic weapons. The purchased garments may be used as a starting point for the costume (purchased jeans with sewn western shirt and vest; purchased blouse with a hand made poodle skirt and scarf). The costume and its theme must be 4-H appropriate. For instance, you can modify the Wonder Woman outfit to wear pants, tights, or a longer skirt. The participant must be able to walk, sit, and use stairs while in the costume. "DisneyBounding" is not considered Cosplay for this challenge. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category.


Writing Commentaries for Fashion Revue

4-H Fashion Revue commentaries present the 4-H'er and his/her project to the audience. The narration should introduce the 4-H'er, describe special features of the garment, and highlight interesting information about the project. The following are guidelines to help 4-H'ers write descriptions of their garments for Fashion Revue. Keep the narration to under 100 words which will allow the member to come on stage, make one or two turns, and then exit. Keep in mind that the Fashion Revue committee reserves the right to re-write or revise narrations.

The purpose of the 4-H Fashion Revue activity is to:

1. Build self-confidence and poise.

2. Develop skills in planning, selecting, and making clothing for different occasions.

3. Select appropriate accessories.

4. Develop good posture, grooming, and punctuality habits.

5. Complete applications clearly and submit them on time.

6. Acquire knowledge and skills in planning, presenting, and participating in fashion revues.

The specific objectives of a narration are:

1. To introduce the member and his/her project.

2. To focus on skills learned in the clothing and textile project.

3. To express challenges, fashion trends, and cost savings.

4. To interest the audience in 4-H activities.

5. To display the garment attractively.

Before you begin:

1. Analyze the garment. What is special about it? Be sure to include color descriptions!

2. List major features you want to describe, along with a few comments that relate to the garment and how it will be worn. Create an appealing mental picture with descriptive words.

3. Study mail order fashion catalogs, magazines, the pattern envelope, and advertisements to see how they describe similar features. This is especially useful for beginning projects such as skirts that don't have a lot of details.

4. Describe the garment by starting with the obvious, then call the audience's attention to details such as accessories that relate directly to the garment.

5. Write. Get down all you want to say. Don't worry about the length -- yet.

6. Use alliteration (words beginning with the same sound, i.e. “flirty flounce” for ruffle).

7. Use action words as much as possible. (A belt circles the waistline, a flaring hem swings, etc.)

8. Tell the biggest problem you encountered in sewing the outfit, what new sewing technique you learned. Saying you put in the sleeve six times can encourage some of your audience who are less skilled to keep on trying.

9. If there are two parts to your outfit, such as a coat and dress, mention the outer layer first.

10. Edit. Polish your narration, cut out repetitious phrases or ideas. Keep sentences short and avoid tongue twisters. Aim for clear, concise phrases that create audience interest. Make it as bright, crisp, and informative as possible. The audience is there to learn about new fashion as well as to be entertained.

11. Read your narration aloud to a friend. Does your friend know what you are talking about? Practice modeling with your narration. Do you think of other things that you might say? Re-edit and re-read. Be sure to write in the third person.

12. Add one sentence that talks about you, the model! Be sure to include your name and county, or city, either at beginning or closer to the end of the narration.

13. Finally, cut the narration to 100 words or less. Hyphenated words count as two words.

14. Print your finished commentary double-spaced on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper in 14 size font.

15. Complete your entry form, narration and all other forms required for your category and submit them before the deadline to the State Fashion Revue Registrar.(Part of 4-H is learning to complete forms accurately and on time.)

Outline to HELP you write a short commentary of your own. The commentary will be read during the fashion show while you are modeling your garment. Unfortunately, for the State Fashion Revue the commentary must be quite short so there is probably not time to describe your hobbies and interests.




Pattern(s) Used

Description of Fabric: color, texture, fabric design

Description of garment: Look at pattern envelope for key words to describe your garment.

What grade are you in? Which school?

Where do you plan to wear the garment?

Describe two items of special interest about yourself or your hobbies/activities:

Examples of Narrations

Gleaming in her sequined skirt, Kathleen Mitchell is modeling a stylish denim look. It is hard to believe, but this cloth was once a lonely remnant just waiting to be snatched up! This remnant now has a multi-purpose. For example, it will be this year’s Easter outfit, and then be worn as a casual around-the-town skirt. It has a light and airy feeling, with its slit in the back. Her biggest challenge was matching the sequins as she cut out the fabric. This 11-year old home schooler loves Irish Dancing and sketching her fashion ideas. Kathleen is in her second year of sewing.


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