Camille Rasmussen's summer has been filled with numerous 4-H projects she readied for the Fillmore County Fair. She will take one of her projects for exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair.   GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Camille Rasmussen's summer has been filled with numerous 4-H projects she readied for the Fillmore County Fair. She will take one of her projects for exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Camille Rasmussen entered with sneaky succulents and pasta pots.

She's state-bound for a fashion.

"I made a bird feeder with succulents on top, a photo frame box with succulents in it, and a succulent globe," said the Chatfield Root River Rabbits 4-H member, now a senior at Chatfield High School. She described the "Sneaky Succulents" 4-H project that was one of many projects she took to the Fillmore County Fair this year.

Camille garnered grand champion in the foods division with her "Pasta in a Pot" one-pot recipe, grand champion in the landscaping design category with those "Sneaky Succulents," honorable mention in the crafts division for her up-cycled T-shirts - which she made into baby bibs, a produce shopping bag, a fringed scarf, a braided rug, yarn, a headband, a diaper cover and a covered clothing hanger. She also earned grand champion in purchased clothing, reserve champion in constructed clothing, fashion revue purchased clothing reserve champion and fashion revue constructed clothing reserve champion.

Her success at the fair continued as she received the Ruth Mae Amundson Scholarship which is given to an outstanding 4-H home economics project member who has completed his or her junior or senior year of high school and who must have enrolled in home economics 4-H projects.

Camille has been in 4-H for nine years and she joined because her mother, aunts, grandmother and cousins have all been members.

"The reason I have so many projects is because my mom likes finding different ideas on the Internet. She likes landscaping or stuff to do around the house and we just try it. Each year, I do something different," she said.

This is her sixth year participating in the state fair fashion revue, and she's taking her fashion revue purchased clothing project. However, she spent this summer focused on sewing a lace-overlaid dress for the constructed clothing division that challenged her seamstress's skills.

"I made a dress and purchased clothing to go along with it," she noted. "I've been sewing for a while - it's pretty much the main thing my mom's family does. If my mom needs to know anything while she's sewing, or if she ever has any questions, she asks my grandma or my aunt."

Camille said the dress didn't take as long as she thought it would, but admitted that it was a challenge. "I ended up taking out the zipper and putting a new one in. It was easy to put the lace on after I got it basted on, but last year, I made a wool coat that took a long time. I picked this pattern because I thought it was more like what's in style, and I haven't made anything like it before. I thought I'd do something different and cool, and that's why I decided on this pattern."

She explained that the difference between the fashion revue and the clothing division is that during fashion revue judging, entrants model their clothing and also share with the judges why they chose it, whereas for the clothing division - both constructed and purchased - they enter just the articles of clothing, along with a binder that contains the explanations the judges are seeking.

No matter what clothing project she's exhibiting, Camille said she is glad she entered it at the county fair and qualified for the state fair.

"It's a chance to show off what you worked on over the summer. It's also kind of surprising how many people find what you did interesting, too," she added. "And it's completely different, going from the county fair to the state fair. There's a lot of different experiences, I would say. It's a whole different thing, a whole new level of competition. It's fun to see the ideas, see what people in the same area did, and you have different ideas as well."

Camille aspires to go into a nursing career and credits 4-H with giving her speaking skills and a "broader perspective." She enjoys the state fair because, she said, "We walk the whole fair, see everything, but I also get to be in it, and that's something that most people who go there don't get to do...it's a big experience, and it's fun."