Samantha Pearce, who turns 12 today, walks the stage during the Moffat County 4-H Fashion Revue on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairground Pavilion. Pearce won the overall category for the modeling competition out of 13 participants.

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Samantha Pearce, who turns 12 today, walks the stage during the Moffat County 4-H Fashion Revue on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairground Pavilion. Pearce won the overall category for the modeling competition out of 13 participants.

Moffat County 4-H Fashion Revue kicks off fair events

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The intermediate group takes the stage while waiting for results during the Moffat County 4-H Fashion Revue on Thursday at the Moffat County Fairground Pavilion. Pictured, from left to right, are Teigen Martin, 12, Samantha Pearce, 12 today, Brooke Krause, 11, and Katia Voloshin, 12.

As Craig resident Katia Voloshin’s name was called Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, she put on a smile and strode onto the stage in a denim ranch-wear outfit.

“It’s an ensemble a country girl would be glad to wear,” said the announcer as Voloshin, 12, paced across the stage.

Voloshin was one of 13 competitors in the Moffat County 4-H Fashion Revue that featured projects made by junior and intermediate 4-H members and several Cloverbuds.

The revue, a fashion competition, featured sewn dresses, crocheted hats and scarves, tie-dyed T-shirts, painted shirts, and golf outfits, among others.

Competitors were judged on their presentation of items they made. The were divided into age categories and further divided by the type of clothing assembled, including beginning sewing projects, crochet projects and Decorate your Duds projects.

About 50 residents attended the show, which lasted about an hour.

Competition judge Donna Mae Hoots said the event had the best turnout she has seen in her time judging it.

Voloshin, who came away with several ribbons, most notably reserve in the overall category of the revue, said she was happy with her performance.

“I think it was really good,” said Voloshin, who is in her fourth year of 4-H participation. “I think I improved.”

Voloshin’s outfit included a straw hat, cowboy boots, denim jacket and jeans, accented with bandanas and colorful stars sewn throughout. She said her outfit took about two months to assemble.

“It is really great to teach you life lessons like how to sew and sportsmanship,” Voloshin said.

Hamilton resident Samantha Pearce, who turns 12 today, won the overall and intermediate categories.

“I loved it,” she said. “I also do pageants, so that came in handy.”

Pearce, who wore a black blouse and flower print skirt, said her outfit took her about four months to make. She had help from her grandmother, as well, she said.

“The girls backstage were really nice,” she said. “I just like modeling, I guess.”

During the competition, Pearce also helped some of the other competitors before they went on stage.

“I just told them to smile and look at the judge,” she said. “I also showed them how to do the Model T, pretty feet.”

Stephanie, Samantha’s mother, said she was happy to see her daughter win the competition.

“It is good to see her up there having a good time and being confident,” Stephanie said. “It is good to get kids up in front of people when they are young so they are not so shy when they are older.”

Stephanie said she was the 4-H sewing leader, and enjoyed “seeing all of my girls up there.”

“All the girls did such an amazing job,” she said. “When they were practicing, they were all so shy, so they went out there and they rocked it.”

Melinda Gili, leader of Decorate your Duds and superintendent of the fashion revue, said the event had a great turnout.

“I think they did fantastic for not having very much experience,” she said.

The 4-H Fashion Revue was the first event of the Moffat County Fair, which runs through Aug. 14 at the fairgrounds.

Today’s event will be an open horse show, English division, at 4 p.m. in the arena of the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The open horse show for the Western division will start at 8 a.m. Saturday in the arena.

Sunday’s events will include cowboy church with Fred Ellis at 8:30 a.m. in the covered picnic area, and an open dog rally-o at 1 p.m. in the grass area.

For a full schedule of Moffat County Fair events, visit www.craigdailypress.com/fair.

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