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Dolls dressed for Civil War event

Jun 03, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Two dolls dressed for the Civil War Doll Dressing Contest in Bonaparte were designed by, from left, Gale Lofgren of Burlington and Doris Strait of Keosauqua. The contest is part of the Bonaparte Main Street’s Civil War Experience set for Saturday.

BONAPARTE — Vintage bride dolls have been dressed by southeast Iowa women for a doll-dressing contest held in conjunction with Bonaparte Main Street’s Civil War Experience Saturday.

Sponsored by Gianna and Roy Barrow of Bonaparte, the dolls dressed in 1860-era outfits now are on display for voting by quarters in Waterfront Place. The voting will end, and winners announced at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The doll winning the most votes will be presented with a “Miss United States” doll-sized sash and returned to her designer. Second- and third-place will also be presented with sashes representing “Miss Union States” and “Miss Confederate States” respectively. “Miss Congeniality” will be selected by Gianna Barrow and also will receive a sash.

Costumers have had nine months to research, create, design, style and make the outfits for the 24-inch dolls. The dolls are in a variety of dress styles including ballgowns, traveling costumes, day dresses, walking costumes, ice skating and riding habits. The dolls all have new era-appropriate wigs, some with hats, bonnets, snoods or headbands. There are also hoops, bloomers, leather shoes, miser’s purse, brooches, necklaces, earrings, and even a knitting bag with needles and knitting.

“Each doll is so uniquely different and each designer created a little something special that sets her doll apart from the others,” said Gianna Barrow. “I am especially thankful that the general public will be doing the voting as I love them all and will vote for each.”

She expresses her gratitude to all the designers for their time, talent, patience and participation in the third year of competition and hopes that they will be interested to dress another doll next year.

Following the Civil War Experience weekend, dolls designed by 4-H girls will be returned to them for summer fair competitions. All other dolls, with the exception of the first-place winner, will be sold during a silent auction scheduled for Oct. 12-13 at the Whitely Opera House in Bonaparte. Anyone can place a bid on the dolls at that time.

All the proceeds from the voting and the auction will be donated to Bonaparte Main Street Inc. for the Civil War Experience event.

Anyone interested in participating by dressing a doll for next year, can contact Gianna Barrow at 319-592-3132 or 319-759-0153 to reserve at least one.


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