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Professional youth model exhibits in 4-H clothing project

Jessica Reinke, Iron Ridge, Herman Hornets 4-H Club, models professionally for department-store ads and finds the 4-H clothing project to be the perfect fit to her modeling endeavors.

Reinke’s interest in clothing started at a young age. “I had a book with drawing clothes, and I kept drawing and drawing,” commented Reinke. “I wanted to model because I liked what I drew and wanted to wear them. So I started modeling to show off clothes other people make.”

To start her modeling career, Reinke auditioned to get into John Casablanca’s Modeling Agency, Brookfield. “My tryout included walking a runway and a photo shoot.” She was picked and graduated in February 2016.

One day prior to her graduation, Reinke auditioned to attend Mike Beaty Model and Talent Expo in Texas; she was one of 500 individuals in the United States picked to attend. “In Texas, I walked a runway, did a one-minute memorized monologue, did a two-person skit, and did a cold read of a commercial in front of agencies looking for models and talents.”

Today, Reinke can be found modeling clothes for department-store ads. Recently, she worked for Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which is a parent company of Boston Store. “My favorite part of modeling is walking the runway, but I like photo shoots, voice-over tryouts, commercials, and everything like that, too.”

In addition to modeling, Reinke decided to take on the 4-H clothing project. “This is my first year and my first sewing project; I sewed a dress, and I bought a coordinating outfit for under $50.”

Early in the summer, those in the clothing project participate in the 4-H clothing revue, which includes modeling and judging their home-sewn clothes and purchased outfits. Then, the last day of the Dodge County Fair, the youth exhibit their clothing, again, in a fashion review at Radio Park. “I think the clothing project is a good fit with modeling because I have to walk the runway in the clothing project, just like with modeling.”

Reinke learned to sew from LaVerne Schulz. “I like that I had a nice sewing instructor, and I liked how I could just try, again, if I messed up, by taking stitches out.”

Dodge County is very fortunate to have a fair with both youth and adult involvement, in a variety of projects, at a quality level. Preparations and project creation have already begun for next year’s county fair Aug. 15-19, 2018.

Written by Dori Lichty, farm wife, 4-H Mom, and full-time communicator

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The Dodge County Fair Association is a State of Wisconsin Corporation formed for the purpose of operating a fairgrounds, which is presently located four (4) miles east of the city of Beaver Dam on State Highway 33 on 40 acres of land, which the Corporation owns. The Association is an IRC (Internal Revenue Code) Sec. 501(c)(3) organization. Your tax-deductible contributions are appreciated to maintain buildings and grounds.


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