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August 11, 2000   Email to Friend 

Lorie Johnson
(334) 613-4481
August 11, 2000

MOBILE Little girls in dainty, white dresses and farm wives wearing colorful cropped pants, sundresses and skirt sets were the featured attractions as Alabama's largest row crop took center stage at the Alabama Farmers Federation's 2000 Cotton Fashion Sewing Contest.

The sewing contest and fashion show were held during a luncheon Aug. 4 at the Mobile Convention Center. The contest was sponsored by the Women's Division as part of the Federation's annual Commodity Producers Conference.

"We had many talented women who participated in the 2000 Cotton Fashion Sewing Contest," said Ashley Davis, director of the Women's Division. "Most importantly, these women sewed garments from cloth that was at least 50 percent cotton. This was a wonderful example not only of their excellent sewing abilities, but also of the importance of farming -- it puts the clothes on our backs."

First-place winners from county sewing contests throughout the state competed in four divisions: Heirloom, garments using French hand or machine sewing with fine fabrics, laces and trims; Children's Wear, garments for children ages 2-12; Teen, garments made by teen-agers ages 13-19; Adult, garments made by adults 13 and older.

Entries were made of either cotton or a cotton blend and modeled for the judges in a fashion show. First-place winners received $150, second-place winners, $100 and third-place winners, $75.

First place winner in the Heirloom Division was Sylvia Brazeal of Randolph County. Sheila Bassett of Lee County won second place and Joyce Josey of Talladega County won third place.

In the Children's Wear Division, Elaine Haynes of Calhoun County won first place, Diane Milner of Shelby County won second place and Donna Pugh of Montgomery County won third place.

Kate Sansom of Houston County won first place in the Teen Division, Holly Joanna Gilbert of Limestone County won second place and Patricia Haynes of Calhoun County won third place.

Pat Schrand of Coffee County won first place in the Adult Division, Sharon Turner of Geneva County won second place and Doris Prickett of Calhoun County won third place.

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