4-H PRESENTS FASHIONS OF THE WEST
July 21, 2002 11:00 pm
Seven models participated in the show. ().
Seven models participated in the show. ().

By Marjorie Woodfin

Pilot Staff Writer

It was "yippee-yi-yo" at the Best Western Brookings Inn conference center last week when Driftwood Tack and Western Wear presented a Western fashion show for the Brookings Christian Women's Club.

All of the models, except for one, are involved in some way with Talk To The Hoof 4-H Club, appropriately modeling western wear, and some not so western.

The exception, Vicki Reynolds, wore garments not necessarily Western, capris with layered tops and a party gown.

The audience enjoyed the young people and the mother-daughter combinations, Kursten and Courtney Simmons, and Rhonda and Lisa VanVliet.

Other models were Shirley Wood and Molly Nelson. Shirley is a horsewoman and Molly grew up in 4-H and currently has a daughter in the club.

Commentator Susie Thompson is the leader of the club and has participated in some manner in 4-H since she was 7 years old.

Rounding out the Western theme, speaker Roberta Morin, is a Hereford rancher who, in addition to speaking, sang some funny songs, including "‘Oh Give me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam," and "I'll show you a dirty house."

Of course, there were jeans and plaid shirts, plus a long fancy denim dress and jackets and skirts and T-shirts.

There were also some patriotic garments modeled. Lisa VanVliet was accused of wanting the red, white and blue jacket she wore that she was willing to spill food on it so her mom would have to buy it for her.

The Simmons mother/daughter team modeled matching T-shirts and jeans, and others wore tees with stripes or catchy sayings.

Garments were all easy care and easy wear, which audience members said they appreciated.

The most-used word in written comments from the audience was "fun" but also included, "excellent" and "lovely."

The menu was designed to fit the theme, barbecued chicken and baked beans.

Decorations provided by the shop included a hanging throw depicting a thoroughbred horse, Remington Western scene sculptures, saddles, bridles and roundup cooking pots.

The next club meeting will be a luncheon on Aug. 15, starring Cecil, the award-winning singing dog, who is coming with his master from San Rafael, Calif.

For information, or to make reservations for the August luncheon, telephone (541) 469-8422.