Organizer Emily Donahue is hoping the Santa Ynez Valley Middle School Dress Fair will become an annual event. It takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buellton Rec Center/Jonata Middle School Gymnasium. The fashion fair is a Girl Scout Gold Award Event for Donahue, who is a member of Troop 50173.
Dresses for all occasions -- dances, graduation, and the holidays -- have been donated. Girls can pick out a dress and take it home for free, or they can help themselves while they're helping others by bringing a dress of their own to exchange for another one.
Changing areas are open so girls are advised to wear a bathing suit or leotard under their clothing to easily try on dresses.
This one-day event is for girls in the sixth through eighth grades.
For more information, email Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org.