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Honorary Volunteer: Yampa Valley Sewing Guild

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Sometimes the Honorary Volunteers are not always individuals. This year, the Moffat County Fair Board would like to recognize The Yampa Valley Sewing Guild, headed up by Pat Pearce, as an Honorary Volunteers. Pat and “her girls” have been involved with the fair in some way for many, many years. You can thank the Sewing Guild for the warm, comfortable feeling you get upon entering the pavilion. They always set up the stage for the Fashion Revue and very graciously leave it up for fair week. They are a creative bunch!

The Yampa Valley Sewing Guild was organized in October 1987 and has been meeting continuously since that time, with 10 of the original members still participating. The American Sewing Guild was established in 1978 with two pilot chapters — one in Denver and one in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a mission statement of advancing sewing as an art and a life skill. The Yampa Valley Sewing Guild is a neighborhood workshop group of the Denver Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Today, there are chapters and neighborhood workshop groups in all 50 states. The group includes businesswomen, entrepreneurs, teachers, nurses, engineers and — last but not least — sewists!

The Yampa Valley Sewing Guild has been a part of the Moffat County Fair for over 25 years, serving in many capacities to showcase the fair's consumer sciences exhibits by decorating the pavilion and decorating the stage with sewing themes for 4-H Fashion Revue. The stage decorations always add such a warm and bright atmosphere in the pavilion. These girls are amazing to watch. They each bring their own collection of materials, baskets and “whatever,” and pretty soon — all working together — they have turned the stage into a place of sewing magic! They have also presented sewing demonstrations, sewing decorations, sewing projects for kids to ”make and take” and other sewing related venues at fair.

The group has given 4-H awards to the outstanding first year winners in clothing construction. Members also have participated at fair by judging sewing, needlework, and quilts, and serving as fair superintendents.

The group has contributed to the community as 4-H leaders, contributing to CASA and Advocates, teaching sewing for the RAD program and the Boys and Girls Club. Stuffed animals were made and given to the police department. The Moffat County library display case has been decorated in September for many years with sewing-related themes to promote sewing and celebrate National Sewing Month. The Guild has also donated caps and gowns for newborns to the obstetrical department at the Memorial Hospital. Please note that all this is volunteer work!

Many guild members began sewing in 4-H continuing through their lives today. The groups’ total years in sewing is way over 600! Their 4-H sewing heritage has come in handy, giving them the background and skills they need to not only sew creatively, but to own their own businesses as well.

The Sewing Guild meets monthly and welcomes sewists of all skill levels. Membership benefits include: newsletters from the Denver Chapter and the magazine from the national organization, discounts from many sewing businesses and reduced ticket prices to sewing expos and other sewing venues. The guild is for young and old offering junior memberships for teens.

We are very privileged to have a group like this involved in the fair. We are both proud and honored to recognize the Yampa Valley Sewing Guild as an Honorary Volunteer for the 2014 Moffat County Fair. You are an amazing bunch of ladies! This is just a small way to show you in what a big way you are appreciated! Thank you! Thank you!

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