On Sunday, April 6th, sixteen local 4-H'ers participated in the "Pride of Iowa" event held at the Methodist Manor in Storm Lake. According to Melissa Fahr, Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator, "Pride of Iowa is a fun way 4-H'ers may choose to showcase their cooking abilities using products that are produced in Iowa." Iowa products used in this contest included beef, pork, eggs, dairy, oatmeal, soybeans, corn, chicken, and strawberries. A variety of dishes were prepared using these Iowa products.
All participants chose their own recipe and provided their own ingredients and equipment including any small appliances they intended to use in the food preparation. Each participant also made a poster which included their recipe highlighting the Iowa products used. Following the judge's evaluation and conference with the 4-H'er, any additional food prepared was available for sampling by those in attendance. Pride of Iowa Superintendent, Deb Overgaard emceed the event.
Results for the event are as follows:
Pork: Grand Champion - Luke Arnts. Reserve Champion - Kathleen Arnts
Beef: Grand Champion - Geneva Heshke. Reserve Champion - Austin Suhr
Dairy: Grand Champion - Stacie Glienke. Reserve Champion - Sarah Baxter. Reserve Champion - Adam Parcel
Chicken: Grand Champion - Stephanie Carlson
Oatmeal: Grand Champion - Chris Sievers. Reserve Grand Champion - Anne Curbow
Soybeans: Grand Champion - Austin Ehlers
Honey: Grand Champion - Hannah Fordyce
Eggs: Grand Champion - Karina Overgaard. Reserve Champion - Katelyn Laursen
Corn: Grand Champion - Lindsey Peterson
Variety of Iowa Products: Grand Champion - Robbie Carlson
A special thank you to Deb Overgaard, Methodist Manor, The Iowa Egg Council, Buena Vista County Cattlemen's Association, Buena Vista County Pork Producers and the parents of these 4-H'ers for supporting this event.
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