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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • ‘Good Grooming’ contest evolves into ‘Dressed and Ready to Go’ competition

  • Though times have changed since 1972, one thing that hasn't changed, and hopefully (for the sake of our noses) will never change, is the fact that personal hygiene is important
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  • Though times have changed since 1972, one thing that hasn't changed, and hopefully (for the sake of our noses) will never change, is the fact that personal hygiene is important. The proof is in these pictures. Pictured in black and white are the 1972 Good Grooming Winners for boys under 12 at the Livingston County Fair. Pictured in color is Jaden Funk, winner of the 4-H Clover Kids' "Dressed and Ready to Go" contest on 4-H's Contest Day. Jaden is the son of Larry and Brenda Funk of Chillicothe. Diane Kerns, a past judge for the Good Grooming contest, said kids had to come dressed appropriately for the time. This meant hose and heels for the girls and dress clothes for the boys. The things judges cared about the most, according to Kerns, were that fingernails were clean and cut, faces and hands were washed, and hair was clean and styled. The Good Grooming contest was for two different age groups for both boys and girls: under 12 and over 12. Kerns, who has also been a project leader in 4-H for almost 35 years, said the Good Grooming contest the fair hosted years ago was similar to the Dressed and Ready to Go contest 4-H has today. The Dressed and Ready to Go contest is for 4-H's Clover Kids and was started just a few years ago. Boys and girls dress as if they are going to some sort of event, such as, a baseball game or church. Judges select winners based on how appropriate their outfits are in relation to the event. Personal hygiene is also taken into consideration when judging. Kerns said the reason the Dressed and Ready to Go Contest was started was to give the young Clover Kids an opportunity to become more involved with Contest Day. Before the Dressed and Ready to Go contest came about, there was only one event Clover Kids could partake in on contest day, that event being a crafting contest. The Dressed and Ready to go contest was also a way to gain experience interacting with judges. "The Good Grooming and Dressed and Ready to Go contests both taught children how to present themselves well to others;" and good hygiene and appropriate clothing play a big role in that presentation. ­ Jaden was "Dressed and Ready to Go" to church. Other Dressed and Ready to Go winners include: Liberty Hoen, Serenity Jones, Michah Murphey and Brayden Stimpson.

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