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Students will add ’80s flair to educational fashion show

FORT KENT, Maine — A popular Fort Kent fashion show that mixes education and fun will return to the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium for the fourth year in a row in May.

Ryan Fournier’s transformer costume wowed the audience at a Trash or Treasure Fashion Show on Thursday, May 18 at Fox Auditorium. (Jessica Potila)

Second graders in educator Stacy Belanger’s class at Fort Kent Elementary School

honor Earth Day each year with a Trash to Treasure Fashion Show, that inspires creativity among the students as they learn about protecting the environment.

Ryan Fournier wore this costume which transformed into a robot at a Trash or Treasure Fashion Show on Thursday, May 18 at Fox Auditorium. (Jessica Potila)

The students reinvent items such as cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes, styrofoam packing and whatever other disposables they can find around the house and fashion them together into costumes which they wear on the runway at the auditorium.

“This is a wonderful event for people of all ages. The night is filled with excitement and one-of-a-kind high fashion,” Belanger said. “This year’s theme is a tribute to the 80’s so we will be gracing the runway with costumes that are reflective of the era such as toys, gadgets, and popular foods found in the 1980’s.”

Past shows have included colorful student creations such as a wearable cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows, a human-sized gumball machine, and even a race car which transformed into a robot as the student who designed it went from kneeling to a standing position.

Belanger said the 1980s theme of this year’s show, which will be accompanied by a soundtrack of music from the era, is sure to entertain the students and audience members alike.

“It was a decade where everything was just a little bit bigger, a little bit louder, and a whole lot flashier; it’s gonna be a super fun show,” she said.

Belanger welcomes all area residents to attend the Trash to Treasure Fashion Show.

“If you have never been to one of our shows before, it is truly an electrifying experience for all; you will be highly entertained,” she said.

The Trash to Treasure Fashion Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium. Admission is free.

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