New Castle News

August 18, 2012

Wool fashions highlighted in sheep show

Mary Grzebieniak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The beautiful possibilities of wool were on display Friday night at the Lawrence County Fair.

About 200 people attended the annual Lead Line fashion show in the livestock arena, where children ages four to 18 and some adults modeled handmade woolen clothing in glorious variety.

Jacket and dress ensembles, little boys’ outfits, evening wear, hats and costumes  in a variety of colors and textures and fabric weights and were among the attire sported by exhibitors who stepped into the judge’s ring.

In addition to showing off their clothing, each “model” led a sheared sheep on a leash and paraded with the animal, then handed the leash off to a helper while  modeled their outfit on a platform before a panel of judges.

Some of the sheep stood calmly and still while others made it clear they preferred the barn to the brightly lit arena of people.

The Lead Line  is an event presented at fairs all over the nation, according to Judy Howard. Chris Musser was in charge of the event.

At the end, judges chose winners for each of several categories.

The blue ribbons winners were:  Jean Clyde, division 5; Jackie Thompson, division 4; Hope Mariacher, division 3; Paige Clyde, division 2; and Maelee Whiting, division 1.  Paige Clyde also claimed the best of show title in a pink dress, gray jacket and a pink fabric flower.

The purpose of the event was to promote the use of wool.