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Pride of Iowa

Monday, June 1, 2009

One of the most popular 4-H events at the Cherokee County Fair is the Pride of Iowa contest. This is popular for both 4-H'ers and the public. Have you ever been to one? Well, if you haven't, why not try something new this year.

Have you ever tried to make a list of all the different products that are made or grown right here in Iowa? Well the Pride of Iowa contest is an opportunity for 4-H'ers to learn more about those products. 4-H'ers must select and prepare a recipe in front of the judges and the public. Samples of the recipe are given to the judges and the public.

4-H'ers may enter the contest individually or as a team. 4-H'ers are not required to give a verbal presentation as they prepare their recipe, but they should be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the public. Since this contest is so popular with the public, the Extension Office suggests that 4-H'ers have enough samples to give to approximately 50-75 people. Contestants are required to provide their own table(s), food ingredients, and equipment. Some samples and some ingredients may be prepared ahead of time. We do request that the 4-H'er(s) mix most of the ingredients together at the time of the contest.

Pride of Iowa entries are judged on seven criteria: taste and flavor of product, organization, originality of recipe, healthfulness of recipe, enthusiasm of 4-H'er(s), public's enthusiasm for the recipe, and 4-H'er(s) following contest rules. The judges will choose a Grand Champion and a Reserve Champion. All other participants will receive a participation ribbon.

The 2009 Pride of Iowa contest is Thursday, July 9 at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds in the North 4-H Building. The building will be closed at 6:45 p.m. for judging. Once the judges have evaluated the entries, the building is open to the public at about 7:00 p.m. Samples of every recipe will be available for the public to try. The winner will be announced shortly after the contest.

Sounds fun and yummy! So mark your calendar and be ready to try something new and exciting. Until next time. . . .



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