Show highlights wool in two ways

August 06, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

In an unusual demonstration of before and after yesterday, seven Carroll County 4-H'ers modeled wool outfits while each walked a lamb around the show ring.

The event was part of the annual Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair, which will be at the county Agricultural Center in Westminster the rest of this week.

Contestants were judged on their sewing abilities and how well they handled the animals.

Although entrants could purchase their outfits or borrow a sheep, contestants received more points for having made their outfit and owning the lamb.

"In the junior class, it was no contest," said judge Mary Ann Jackson of choosing 11-year-old Drew Arconti as champion for the 8- to 13 year-olds in the contest.

Drew, the only boy in the contest, modeled a red plaid kilt he had made without a pattern.

"I just looked in a lot of encyclopedias and books and got a general idea what it looked like," he said.

The entire project took about a week, said Drew, who entered the contest because he likes working with his sheep.

"Ironing and sewing the pleats was the most difficult part," he said.

Danielle Wimson took second place and Jessica Herbert took third in the junior division.

Among the seniors -- 4-H'ers aged 14 to 19 -- Renee Luers took champion for modeling a blue and white plaid dress she had made.

"The senior competition was much closer," Ms. Jackson said. "All the outfits were wonderful. There, it was the handling of the animal."

Melanie Soper took second place, Lisa Beck took third and Tiffany Luers took fourth in the senior competition.

Lynne Curry also judged contestants on their sewing skills, while her husband, Bill, observed how well each entrant handled the lamb.

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