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 2019

March 23, 2019

9 AM Registration

Joe Stefani School 2768 Ranchero Lane Merced

Register here: Fashion Revue Registration

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, Upcycled, or Challenge Categories to be judged by our panel of experts.  Then model your garment in our fashion show. 



Judging Contest


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

Make It Mine Challenge

Participants in this challenge will alter a commercial pattern or make your own pattern to achieve the fit and style you desire in a garment of your choice.

Option 1. Start with a fashion design drawing. Submit a picture of it.

Option 2. Start with an idea of what you want to make. Submit the written description.

Find a commercial pattern or patterns, or draw your own pattern to create a wearable garment. If you use one or more commercial patterns, submit the pattern number with a picture of the envelope front. Tell which part you used (skirt, sleeve, front with collar, pant leg, etc.). Tell how you modified the pattern to fit you or to create the look you wanted. If you draw your own pattern, tell how you made your pattern and how you figured out the instructions for creating your garment(s). There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. 

Retro/Historical Challenge

Participants in this challenge will create an outfit that is inspired by or looks like an old design using new fabric and notions. For this category, the design should be from before the year 2000. 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.




    Project using sewing, for Alzheimer's patients:  Fidget Mats SFR 2019

          Host a Service Project sewing event:  Fidget Mats group project

          Contact Mary with questions,

    No Sew project for animal shelters:  Pet Play Toys SFR 2019

          Contact Stacey with questions,


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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