During the last few weeks, a lot of hustle and bustle went on in local households, as young people prepared for the homecoming activities here in Lexington. Finding just the right clothing was a necessity for girls and boys alike, and there was much effort put into preparing floats for the parade, without a doubt. Excitement was definitely in the air during the preparation.
Amazingly, not much in this process has changed over the years. I happened to notice in a Daily
Pantagraph from March 1928, which contained articles about talented high school students, a report of a Lexington student's unique and very creative homecoming outfit; the following is taken from that article:
"The picture shown is one of Ruth Janes, a pupil of the Lexington High School, arrayed in a costumewhich she made to wear in a parade of floats and special costumes on the occasion of the Lexington-Washington homecoming football game played at Lexington this past fall. Ruth was awarded first prize for the costume and she was also given a great deal of praise for the originality expressed.
The entire costume, including the hat, is made of cornstalks which were carefully ironed out smooth and put in place. The stalks were cut in petal shapes, making the costume very artistic and attractive. The belt, the hat band and the beads were made from strings of corn. The entire outfit proves what can be done if a little creative effort and thought are put forth by the students and should be encouraging to others to try to do unusual things when the opportunity presents itself in life.
Ruth is a freshman in the Lexington school, one in a family of ten children, who walk four miles to attend school in Lexington every day."
She obviously found a good supply of materials for her dress in cornfields around the area, especially since the stalks then were usually simply bundled up, unlike the way fields are cleaned out these days. I wondered if the school's Home Ec teacher was called upon for advice in the construction. Just thinking about the tedious effort the girl went to in order to get all those stalks ironed flat and sewed together is enough to wear me out.
I can only imagine how difficult it was to take the time to assemble this garment and to get into it for the homecoming. Then just think how uncomfortable it must have been to wear - even for a few hours, with no permanent press fabric to keep out the wrinkles either!
Isn't it amazing what you can do when you put your mind to something? Come to think of it, since this girl was so creative, she just might have stored the dress very carefully, in order to use it as a Halloween costume a bit later in the fall....