Some 150 boys and girls from 24 counties exhibited their nutritional knowledge and cooking skills at the Rolling Plains District 4-H Food Show Nov. 5 at the Wilbarger Auditorium.
Four seniors will advance to the State competition in June 2012 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Each received culinary tools and a ribbon in addition to advancing to the state contest.
Second place senior winners will participate in the state event if the first place winners can’t take part. Intermediate and junior division winners also received culinary tools and ribbons but do not compete beyond the district level.
Special cash awards, sponsored by Santa Rosa CattleWomen and Wichita Falls Area CattleWomen, were presented to first and second place winners in the main dish category, in which beef was an ingredient.
Each contestant had earned championships in their county to advance to the daylong competition at the district meet. Panels of professional home economists and 4-H leaders judged the dishes. Contestants were quizzed on nutritional values, preparation methods, food safety and costs of preparation. Two invitational features were special food and nutrition exhibits prepared by some of the 4-H members from the Rolling Plains as well as news releases specially prepared by various 4-H members in the district. These 4-H’ers were recognized with certificates.
Representing Clay County as follows:
Katlyn Lang placed first in junior main dish and received $50. Lang took first place in the beef competition as well. Jacob Lang placed third in junior bread and cereal; Kylee Erickson placed second in junior nutritious snacks; Mikayla Taylor placed first in intermediate breads and cereals; Addie Duncan placed fifth in intermediate nutritious snacks; Brittany Taylor placed second in senior fruits and vegetables; and Nikki Moore placed second in senior bread and cereal. Also participating were Kalico Burkes in junior fruit and vegetable, Victoria Bitner in junior desserts, Dani Moore in intermediate main dish, and Jacobi Reynolds in intermediate desserts.