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Local girls will model the pieces for this years competition. From left to right: Julia Rosaia, Cayde Hayes & Kenzie Marsh

Elmore Ag Art Wear

Elmore Ag Art Wear

Local girls will model the pieces for this years competition. From left to right: Julia Rosaia, Cayde Hayes & Kenzie Marsh

Preparations are well underway for the Elmore Field Days

The 19th Annual Ag Art Wear competition will hit the runway at the Elmore Field Days next week.

Models were on site on Monday being fit for the garments and preparing for six shows over three days.

Ag Art Wear committee chair Lorraine Trewick said the 2019 competition is tough with more than 50 entries.

"I don't see any of them until they're delivered here, and when they're delivered here they're always packaged," she said.

"We bring them out here to the auditorium and start opening them.

"It's really like Christmas, we can't believe what we're opening up."

Volunteers were on hand to assist models with garments during Monday's dress rehearsal.

The guidelines are simple but challenging.

Ms Trewick said anything commercialised or foreign materials will have points deducted.

"All materials are found or used on farms in agricultural industries.

"That's from bailing twines, to washers; we've got one with bones and one with sheep manure - a wide a varied lot of materials."

Ms Trewick said this year has attracted plenty of attention after it was announced it is the last competitive year of the show.

"I've had so many people speak to me in the streets and on the phone, 'why, why why, surely you can keep it going?'

"It's a lot of work - I work 12 months of the year with it, voluntary," she said.

"We really can't afford, in a way, to pay someone to do it.

"We're all volunteers on the committee - it's not a paid job, it's a love job."

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The committee chair said it was not an easy decision, but one that needed to be made.

"The entries were starting to drop away and some of our top designers have been doing it for a long time," Ms Trewick said.

"We were afraid if they pull out, our standard would drop dramatically, therefore, we reckon we'd go out on a high rather than fade out."

However, the show will be back for its 20th year anniversary, only not as a competition.

Ms Trewick said the final year will be a celebration of 20 years worth of art, bringing back some of the most popular designs from previous years.

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