Jefferson County 4-H to conduct youth cooking contest

The Jefferson County 4-H program is conducting the 4-H Broiler Barbecue Contest and the Farm Bureau Dairy Recipe contest for county youth. Both contests will be held April 27 at the County Extension office.

Youth entering the 4-H Broiler Barbecue contest will be judged on their ability to set up a grill; ability to start and control the fire; preparation of the chicken for cooking; and skill in barbecuing — including timing, food safety, appearance, doneness and taste. Youth will be provided two broiler halves and turn in the one of their choice for judging. Contestants are allowed 1 hour and 30 minutes cooking time. The top five youth will participate in the 4-H District Broiler Barbecue contest in Little Rock on May 4 or in Arkadelphia on May 9, for the chance to compete in the state contest held at the Annual Poultry Festival in Rogers, June 14-16.

The Dairy Recipe Contest will be conducted on behalf of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau. Each year Arkansas Farm Bureau, along with other dairy industry groups, sponsors the statewide Dairy Foods contest as a means of promoting Arkansas’ dairy products. The Dairy Foods Contest is an excellent means of acquainting young people with the varied uses of dairy products, as well as promoting the dairy industry. Students enrolled in the fourth through twelfth grades and living in Jefferson County may enter the contest. Entries must be approved by the county 4-H Extension agent. The Dairy Recipe contest is divided into two categories: Main Dish and Party Ideas. Each county may enter one recipe in each of the two categories in the 54th annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest to be held June 5, 2013 in Little Rock.

Call Pia Woods, at 534-1033 for registration information and complete contest rules, or visit the Extension office at 500 Idaho Street, Pine Bluff. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The 4-H Broiler Barbecue Contest will begin at 8:00 a.m. Start Time for the Dairy Recipe Contest will be 11:30 a.m.

The 4-H program is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.