On March 5, 15 girls attended the 4-H Fashion Show Workshop in Robstown.

This workshop is part of the Clothing and Textiles project in 4-H.The girls learned all about the contests coming up throughout the months of March and April and participated in some community service opportunities.

After a fun icebreaker, 4-H teen leaders Samantha Green, Kelsey Lange and MaKenna Duge led mini-sessions in the workshop, including accessory making and two community service projects. A session on Fashion Story Boards was led by adult leader Janet Lange.

In the world of fashion, accessories are very important for your look. The girls in the workshop all made a pair of beaded earrings to accessorize something they own or for their entry in the Fashion Show contest. One state 4-H clothing and textiles project is "Millions of Pillowcases."

Everyone made a brightly colored pillowcase with contrasting fabrics, which will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Corpus Christi later in April. They also took home the directions so they could make them at home if they wanted.

The other community service project was a new one called "Quilts of Valor." Each girl made a red, white and blue four-pack square and decorated another square with patriotic drawings. These squares will be assembled to make a Quilt of Valor, which will then be donated to a local wounded soldier or family who has lost a loved one in combat.

Both of these community service projects are ongoing projects for 4-Hers who are interested in them.

4-H offers all kind of opportunities for kids to develop their interests and the clothing and textiles project is just one. There are three ways to participate in the Nueces County 4-H Fashion Show today.

If you sew, you can compete in construction. If you don't, you can compete in consumer buying and do comparison shopping to put an ensemble together for the best value.

If design is your area of interest, you can compete in the contest of Fashion Story Boards. Those who place in the top three in their category will go on to Victoria in April for the District contest.

Ninth-12th grade 4-Hers who place first will compete at the State Round Up at Texas A&M University-College Station in June.

Girls interested in the Fashion Show Contest can call the Nueces County 4-H office at (361) 767-5223, or log on to the Web site, http://nueces-tx.tamu.edu/publications/2011%20NC%20Fashion%20Show%20Guidelines.pdf, to get more information.