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One-hundred fifty 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 in Vernon. Four seniors will advance to the state competition in June 2012.
Each received a special award and 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 special awards and ribbons but do not compete beyond the district level.
Michaela Martin, a Chico 4-H member, received third place in the Junior Fruit and Vegetable category. Joy Wells, a Decatur 4-H member, received fourth place in the Junior Nutritious Snacks category. Bailey Anne Keating, a Slidell/Greenwood 4-H member, received first place in the Junior Desserts category.
Thaine Laaser, a Decatur 4-H member, received first place in the Intermediate Main Dish category. Lyndi Luttrull, a Decatur 4-H member, received first place in the Intermediate Fruit and Vegetable category. Fallon Sachse, a Decatur 4-H member, received second place in the Intermediate Nutritious Snacks category. Lauryn Luttrull, a Decatur 4-H member, received first place in the Intermediate Desserts category.
Christian Cross, a Boyd 4-H member, received first place in the Senior Fruits and Vegetable category. Logan Moore, a Boyd 4-H member, received first place in the Senior Bread and Cereal category. Jodie Wells, a Slidell/Greenwood 4-H member, received first place in the Senior Nutritious Snacks category.
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.
Laaser, a Decatur 4-H member, received first place in the Intermediate Main Dish – Beef Award category.
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 and costs of preparation.
This show is one aspect of the year-round foods and nutrition project in 4-H, explained Kelli Lehman, Extension program specialist 4-H and Youth, with Texas AgriLife Extension Service. 4-H is the youth development program of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, a part of the Texas A&M system.
She said the project helps youth learn the relationship between science, foods and nutrition, and food preparation, as well as food buying, managing time, use of energy, and food storage and safety.