One hundred and thirty boys and girls from 24 counties exhibited their nutritional knowledge and cooking skills at the Rolling Plains District 4-H Food Show Oct. 26 at Wilbarger Auditorium in Vernon. Three seniors will advance to the state competition in June 2014.
Those advancing to state include Christian Cross, first place, senior fruits and vegetable; Logan Moore, first place, senior grain; and Lyndi Luttrull, first place, senior protein. These 4-Hers also received a special award and ribbon.
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 they do not compete beyond the district level.
Local winners include Ethan Clinton, fifth place, junior fruit and vegetable; and Cale Laaser, fourth place, junior grain. Also competing was Jessi Torres in the junior dairy category.
Intermediate winners were Sydney Keating, third place, protein; Bailey Keating, fifth place, grain; and Lauryn Luttrull, second place, dairy. Also competing was Juliana Lopez in the fruit and vegetable category.
Special cash awards, sponsored by Santa Rosa CattleWomen and Wichita Falls Area CattleWomen, were also presented to first and second-place winners in the protein category in which beef was an ingredient.
Lyndi Luttrull received second place in the senior protein – beef award category.
Each contestant had won their category at the county show 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 cost of preparation. This show is one aspect of the year-round foods and nutrition project in 4-H.
4-H is the youth development program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, a part of the Texas A&M System. 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, food storage and safety.
Chrissy Karrer is a Wise County Extension agent.