Meyers creates pop tab vest for fair

Kevin Meyers wears his vest he made out of pop can tabs for the creative clothing competition at the Mesa County Fair.

Kevin Meyers, 18, has tried just about everything in his 11 years as a Appleton 4H Club member. This year he tried something a little different to round out his final year in the program.

He created a vest by weaving together pop tabs with polyester ribbon. “I highly underestimated how much ribbon it would take,” Meyers said while modeling his vest. He used 2,000 pop tabs and nearly 260 yards of of black ribbon. It took 40 hours to complete.

He barely finished it in time to enter the creative clothing category at the Mesa County Fair. He just missed a blue ribbon, despite the fact that he was the only competitor in the category, because he finished the vest just after the deadline to enter. He was awarded a second place red ribbon instead.

“I just wanted to see if I could do it,” he said, adding that one of the most popular question people ask him about the vest is, “Is it bulletproof?” Meyers said he wouldn’t want to find out.

He intends to wear the vest to the next formal event he’s invited to.

This is the second year that Meyers has entered the creative clothing category. Last year, he and a friend made suits out of duct tape, which they wore to prom.

Meyers first entered shooting sports and raising pigs at the age of 11. He’s raised and shown livestock and tried all kinds of competitive categories at the fair. This year he even applied to be the first male fair ambassador. “I’ve enjoyed it — it has been a lot of stress to do it all but it’s been worth it,” he said. Meyers is also competing in archery this year.

He does regret never giving rocketry or woodworking a try, though.

He credits 4-H for sending him out into the world as a confident high school graduate.

“It’s truly made me the person I am,” he said. “I used to be a shy kid who sat in the back of the room and now I have strong morals and I know that I can achieve whatever I want.”

Meyers hopes to stay involved with 4H and the Mesa County Fair when he’s home from college. He will be attending Colorado State University to study mechanical engineering.


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