Many moms may be associated with Cassie Schwengel’s clothing in the Llama costume competition on Friday morning – especially on a fair week.
Shi Wenger dressed in robes and slippers, dressed as an “overworked mother.” She led her camel through the ring at the Effingham County Fair and exclaimed that she could not seem to get rid of “loading and loading clothes.”
Followed by camels, clothes hanging on the clothes, laundry baskets hanging on either side of the clothes, and even a kettle with laundry detergent. All of this is accompanied by her busy mother story.
Finally, she ranked fourth in the advanced camel costume class.
The characters in drama, movies and books – as well as pure imagination – are vivid in the arena during the Loma Festival at the Effingham County Fair.
The handlers of the Llama Lleaders 4-H club from the senior and junior departments wore their camels and themselves and wrote a story to read the characters they depicted. They were judged in terms of handling, the narrative part – read by the llama club leader Jo Ring – and clothing.
According to Ring, llamas are very interesting animals that are sometimes easier for young people to handle than steering or riding. The club is co-led by Trish Purcell. They have 28 members.
“The children work very hard on these animals,” Ring said. “They practice at least once a week on one of the farms. We have a camel rental plan, so children living in the city can have the same chance to show large animals.”
From the comedy film “Horse Stripes”, the characters Nolan Walsh and Stripes appeared 18-year-old Effingham and her llama named Snow’s Lauren Jakubowski.
In the movie, an abandoned Zebra Stripes, believing that he is a horse, and with the help of his nephew friends and a teenage girl, began to realize his dream of racing with purebred horses.
“The clothes we made were meant to test the extent to which the camels were touched, but it was also very interesting for the crowd,” said Jakubowski, who had worked at 4-H for eight years. “I have been working with this camel for three years.”
As a member of the camel leader, she said that sometimes camels would become very annoying, and the goal was to let them wear clothes to let them endure the judgment of the clothes.
“Some young camels never wear clothing,” Yakuboski said.
Jacobovsky said that the camel fashion show began in Ohio and expanded through the Midwest, which has been a tradition of county fairs for many years.
“We are one of the larger projects in the state,” she added.
Among the contestants were Dorothy and Toto in a basket, 13-year-old Bell Watkins and her camel named Nino. They went to see the Wizard of Oz.
Wearing red socks as part of the costume, Watkins said it was not easy to wear a camel.
“He doesn’t like socks,” Watkins talked about her camel. “He has arthritis, so it’s hard to stand up.”
Anne Frost, the new Miss Effinghamshire Fair and the new Miss Effinghamshire Fair’s Serena Strammeer helped to award the prize.
Frost said that all competitors should applaud for their creative clothing for the game.
“Camels have a lot of cooperation,” Frost said. “They seem to be well trained.”
“Aren’t they the cutest thing?” Strullmyer said. “I am very surprised by their creativity in these costumes.”
Yakuboski won first place and reserve champion; Watkins, second place; Anthony Kreke, third place; Shi Wengeer, fourth place; and Madalyn Stead, fifth place, to participate in advanced competitions.
Olivia Katt won first place and champion; Avery LaSarge, second place; Audrey LaSarge, third place; Annelise Donaldson and Kaden Watkins, fourth place; Emma Shelley, fifth place; Josiah Swope, sixth place; Hannah Shelley, seventh place; Scarlette Sorling, eighth place; and Lily Swope, ninth place, in the primary llama costume competition.