GOSHEN — In her first time submitting handiwork to a fair, Cindy Nichols lucked out.
Nichols, who is from Texas but living in Goshen for the summer, entered two knitted pieces to the Home and Family Arts Open Class exhibit after a friend suggested she should.
To Nichols’ surprise, the pieces — a handspun shawl and an intricate sweater — won first place. After she snuck a peek at her first place ribbon, however, Nichols went straight back to knitting a new project on her lap.
Nichols joined a room full of craft-minded people at The Elkhart County 4-H Fair Home and Family Arts showcase on Thursday, July 18.
The annual fashion show showcased handmade clothing in nine categories, including family outfits, sewing for others, formals, aprons and dresses.
Three-year-old Ava Yeater tromped across the stage wearing a polka-dot dress sewed by Rebecca Yeater. The dress won first place in “sewing for others,” ages infant through five.
In family outfits, Vonda Maust displayed a sparkly Western outfit.
Other outfits took a non-traditional approach.
In formals, Kris Peterson constructed a full-length ball gown out of crocheted cassette tape string.
In sewing for others, Nathan Peterson, 10, modeled a penguin costume that Peterson had also made.
Yeater was given the Best in Show title for overall outfits.
The Home and Family Arts building displays quilts, scrapbooks, canned goods and clothing made or constructed by residents.
Open Class Fashion Show results:
Sewing for others (infant-5) : Rebecca Yeater
Family outfits: Vonda Maust
Sewing for others (6-12): Tonie Ortiz
Aprons: Valerie Jacobs
Dresses: Donna Hibschman
Separates: Pat Stahly
My choice: Meribethe Lawton
Bridesmaids or formals: Kris Peterson
Professional: May Beane
Other, embellished: Vonda Maust
Best of show overall: Rebecca Yeater