Some 120 girls and boys from 24 counties exhibited their nutritional knowledge and cooking skills at the Rolling Plains District 4-H Food Show Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon. Four seniors will advance to the State competition in June 2014 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Each received culinary tools and a ribbon in addition to advancing to the State contest. 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 also presented to first and second place winners in Main Dish in which beef was an ingredient.
In the Food and Nutrition Project, 4-H members learn the importance of including foods from each of the basic food groups of “MyPlate” in the daily diet. They learn the principles of nutrition as they relate to health, physical fitness, and appearance as well as acquiring and demonstrating skills in planning, purchasing, preparing, and serving tasty, attractive, and nutritious meals and snacks. Four-H is the youth development and leadership program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Each contestant had earned championships in their county to advance to the day-long competition at the district meet. The dishes were judged by panels of professional home economists and 4-H leaders. 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 members were recognized with certificates.
Representing Clay County, Ashley Riddle placed third in Junior Protein Dish, Madeline Catron placed second in Junior Fruits and Vegetables, Kalico Burkes placed first in Intermediate Dairy, Kylee Erickson placed fourth in Intermediate Grains and Nikki Moore placed third in Senior Dairy. Also participating in the food show were Katie Yurcho, Joe Moore, Logan Taylor and Camrin Byers.