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April 23, 2013

Trash fashion inspires participants

emann@pvdemocrat.com — With the one evening where garbage is vogue in Pauls Valley only days away from sending the latest talented refuse models down the catwalk, it seems last year’s Trash in Fashion Show audience members are quickly becoming a part of the current scene.

Included in that mix is Pauls Valley resident Paige Dutton, who was so caught up in the atmosphere at the Arts and Cultural Center during the event’s first incarnation, that she’s decided to include her two boys, 6-year-old Blake and 3-year-old Liam, as it makes a second appearance Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

As a home school mom she thought it was a perfect way for her and a group of those who do the same to get their kids involved in an activity that was local and a creative learning opportunity.

“I just thought it would be a good idea for the home school group,” said Dutton, who finally decided to get involved in the show after seeing a post on facebook for the PV Arts Council, who is hosting the event.

“I’m always looking for activities to do with the kids around town since we home school.”

In fact, it was a perfect fit especially for Blake, who is already picking up on the importance of recycling with no problem seen meeting the minimum 80 percent recycled material requirement with the siblings’ cardboard robots idea.

He already reminds mom not to throw anything away as often as possible and with another brother, 2-year-old Ethan, there’s also a drive to make things like clothing last through hand-me-downs.

“It will show them importance of working hard on a project and getting it done… I hope that they realize that it will bring awareness,” said Dutton, noting how they have also had a chance to get involved with the community in the past year as a family through things like doing a float for the Christmas parade as well as Blake playing a role in the Missoula play ‘The Secret Garden.’ “Another thing is they’ll get used to being in front of a crowd.”

The two boys are certainly excited to be a part of it with Blake already thinking of the music he will model his outfit to. Dutton believes at least one of her fellow home school moms also has ideas for a costume and may participate.

Prizes for winners will overall include $100 for first prize, $50 for second place and $25 for third. The deadline for participation, though costumes don’t have to be finished until the night of the show, and a rehearsal is tomorrow at 6 p.m. and the entry fee is $15 for the first and $5 for each additional.

“It’s nice to stay around town and find things to do,” said Dutton. “It’s cool to see what ideas people come up with, interesting to see what materials people use.”

The Arts and Cultural Center can be found at the corner of Paul and Walnut streets. Call Mike Dyson at 405-926-7126 for more info.

The event also has a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/551293291578221/?fref=ts

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