Rachel May, a senior at Washington Catholic High School, competed in the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue earlier this month where she was named first runner-up out of over 45 contestants in the formal wear project.
May, the daughter of Stuart and Cheryl May, has participated in 4-H since she was in the fifth grade and has always been involved in the sewing project. She qualified for the state revue after winning Grand Champion at the Daviess County 4-H revue in July.
One of the biggest differences May cited between the local fashion revue and the state revue was the number of girls involved. “At the county level, I was the only one in an advanced level. When you get to state, the competition is a lot harder. There are more girls involved.”
The fashion revue is also open to males, although females are the most common participants.
May said she chose to make a formal this year for a couple of reasons. “I love to make dresses and I love formals,” she said. “I can hopefully wear this one to a dance.”
She also mentioned she had chosen the fabric for her project before she chose a pattern. “I loved the fabric,” she said. “I also love the color pink and I had never made anything pink before.”
May modeled her long, pale pink formal with floral details on the opening day of the State Fair and again the following weekend. “The judges chose the top 15 and the next weekend, the winners of each category were announced,” she said.
“The winner of each category gets to go on a State Fair Achievement trip. If the girl who won my division can’t go on the 4-H trip, which is to Washington, D.C., I’ll get to go instead.”