MANURE, wool packs, washers, tractor filters, matting. Haute couture doesn't immediately spring to mind from the list, but these are just some of the materials used to design breathtaking garments at Elmore Field Days' Ag Art Wear competition.
But as entry numbers decline, the competition will run for the last time in October.
Organiser Lorraine Trewick took the idea for an Ag Art Wear competition to the Elmore Field Days committee after seeing it a New Zealand conference. They said, "Yes".
Nineteen years later, Mrs Trewick is still organising the competition and catwalk.
The Ag Art Show has brought an artistic element to the tractor-heavy field days. Mrs Trewick believes it's attracted many women, some even come specifically to Elmore for the show.
Viewers fill out the hall for the three days straight.
For designers, it's a challenge. The rules state their creation and its accessories must be made from material used or found on a farm.
Buttons, zips and velcro may be used, but are discouraged.
It's also a chance for some friendly competition between regular entrants.
"Each one challenges the other ones each year, they step up and they step up, it's a real competition. I mean they're really out to win it, and it's fantastic for them," Mrs Trewick said.
"They'll be here in the crowd, and they'll say - and because no names are given - they'll say, 'That so-and-so's, isn't it?'"
"I'll say, 'I don't know, I'm not tell you'. 'I'll bet that it's hers'. They almost can pick who the designers are."
Standouts designs include outfits with animal bones, and tractor filters, even sheep manure.
It's always been wide and varied. Mrs Trewick will sometimes even think, 'I've never seen that in agriculture', only to go home and find the material is, say, used in irrigation.
Judges do deduct points from outfits made from materials not used in agriculture.
And the materials have moved with the times. Changes in agriculture are reflected in the outfits themselves.
Some outfits now even use parts from solar installations, for instance.
Torrumbarry resident Helen Williams has entered the Ag Art Show for more than a decade, with just one "gap year".
It began after her daughter created a masterpiece entry, with the assistance of a crafty Aunty.
Mrs Williams expected the project to end in an unfinished outfit and a mess on the floor.
Instead it won the 2006 under-18s section, before being sent to the New Zealand competition.
The next year Mrs Williams put together a few outfits with her sister. One went to New Zealand and won the comptetition there.
Mrs Williams has been hooked ever since.
All year round she looks for a different product to use, to set the design apart on stage. It takes ages to pull the outfit together.
But the work brings its own reward. It's therapeutic, and it's a chance to be inspired by other designers.
"I don't need a therapist, Ag Art's my therapist. This sort of thing keeps your head sorted, because it takes you other places," Mrs Williams said.
"To see what everybody else comes up with on the day is fabulous."
The competition has been besieged by entries in its final year. A record of about 56 outfits will adorn the models - local school girls.
The high standard of entries this competition has blown Mrs Trewick away.
"Because it's the last year, everybody's beginning to think, 'Well I want to have a go before it finishes'," she said.
"I think that's what's blown us out of the water this year with entries, which is fantastic."
The competition has reached beyond the farming community.
Bendigo's Heather Watson was among those entering for the first time, under the advice of her granddaughter Cailin. It was 50 years since she'd been on a farm.
Mrs Watson and Cailin, then eight, went to the Elmore Field Days when she was up from Melbourne.
"We were watching the parade, and a girl came out with an outfit, and it was quite Cinderella-ey, and Cailin said to me, 'Overdone Nana'," Mrs Watson said.
"The next mouthful she said, 'We should have a go at this, you sew and I'll design'."
Mrs Watson knew she'd have to agree, or she'd never hear the end of it.
The bulk of design and sewing has fallen on Mrs Watson. While a former dressmaker, she had never designed anything like her Ag Art entry before.
Family and friends chipped in to help find materials, primarily a wool pack and feathers.
A pattern Mrs Watson wore aged 16 has provided a base for the simple garment, with a few tweaks and pleats.
The dress is lined with frost material, sporting a fascinator and bag to match.
And Cailin's had input too, suggesting a few final floral touches.
Mrs Watson was pleased with her final product, and she's won Cailin's approval as well.
"I was pretty impressed with what I'd put together. It's probably a little bit different to what you see on the catwalk," Mrs Watson said.
"[Cailin] thought that was wonderful. When I rang her, she said, 'Yes Nana it looks great'."
Mrs Trewick has put nearly 20 years of her life into the Ag Art Show. It's a 12 month a year job, and all her work is voluntary.
She was disappointed at first when the committee decided to end the event. But, she'd been trying to find someone to take on her job for the past four years.
Personal circumstances mean Mrs Trewick knows she can't continue. Her husband died suddenly just the week after last year's Field Days.
It's going make this year's Ag Art Show hard, she knows.
"He was my right hand man, and I feel this year it's very hard going on without him, because he was there to help me," Mrs Trewick said.
"Although I'm sad, I don't think I could keep going without him ... we worked as a team, it was fabulous.
"He was here last year and did everything as normal, the week after he was gone."
In 19 years the Ag Art Wear show has grown enormously. Mrs Trewick believes its added a great interest to the Field Days, particularly among women. She's loved the challenge, and the satisfaction, watching how the designers create their works.
"When we started we only had the nine entries and they were very ordinary really in comparison to today. But it's just grown, and I can't believe it really, that it's just gone so well," Mrs Trewick said.
"The public, particularly are blown away to think people out there are creative. They just can't believe what they see.
"We try to put on the best professional show that we can - I mean we're all amateurs, but I try to put it on as best that I can. It just seems to have worked."
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