4-H Spotlight

4/8/19

4-H’ers Compete in Chicken BBQ Cookoff

Keegan McCoy prepares his chicken at the county 4-H BBQ Contest held last month.

Sevier County 4-H held their annual Chicken BBQ on March 25.  They had 41 kids competing for a chance to go on to District 4-H BBQ.  Each 4-H’er cooked a whole chicken, cut in half, on a charcoal grill.  The 4-H’er could use the seasoning of their choice.  They were judged on how well they could start a charcoal fire, control the fire, food safety and handling, and how well they cooked the chicken.  When the chicken was done, they picked their best half to be judged on appearance, color, doneness, and taste.

Richard Pearce and Steve McDougal from Tyson Foods and Jerry Ligon and Joey Shaver from Brothers Keepers MC 34 judged the competition.  Tyson Foods also made a donation to 4-H which was used to purchase chicken for the contest.

The top ten 4-H’ers will compete at the District Poultry BBQ that will be held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Arkadelphia on May 2.  They will be given the choice to cook either a chicken or a turkey breast.

The cloverbuds, ages 5 to 8 years old, that participated in the BBQ were Sunni Mason, Rustin Frachiseur, Leighton Frachiseur, RJ Smith, Caselyn VanVoast, Kyleigh Midgett, Halton Smith, Kase Smith, and Izabella Nelson; while they aren’t old enough to compete at district level, this is a great way to get started in grilling.

The top 10 winners were: Kix Lee, Laikyn Morris, Raylee VanVoast, Kaedon Davis, Brady Haarmeyer, Gavin Carver, Alley Stinson, Trey Mason, Amber Morris, and Raegon Frachiseur.  If for some reason they aren’t able to attend the district competition, the alternates, Kaydee Cowling, Bella Baker, Evan Frachiseur, and Kate Baker, will fill in.

Photo by Janet Cantrell

 

4/2/19

Dairy Foods Contest

Evan Wolcott (left) and Kinlee Stivers display their first place ribbons they won in the Dairy Foods Contest held last month by the Sevier County Extension Service. Arkansas Farm Bureau sponsors the annual contest.

The Sevier County Extension Office held the annual Dairy Foods Contest last month which is sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau. The two categories available in which to compete were main dish and party dish. Youth presented their previously prepared dish, along with the recipe. They were judged on presentation, taste, difficulty, and the diary ingredient they used.

The winner in the main dish category was Evan Wolcott. Wolcott prepared a Keto Shephard’s Pie that he prepares at home for his family. Wolcott said he chose this dish because he loves the cheddar cheese and cream cheese that he uses to make it.

The winner in the party dish category was Kinlee Stivers. Stivers prepared a Sophia Cheesecake from a recipe that she received from a friend. Stivers stated that she simply loves food and would serve the cheesecake with ice cream and cherries.

The top winner from each category had their recipe submitted to the Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest to be held in Little Rock. This annual event is sponsored during June Dairy Month by Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association.

Our local Sevier County Extension Homemakers Club (EHC) members Catherine Smith, Iris Saylor, Judy Vann-Hamilton, and Terrie Jacobs judged the contest.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Photo by Kim Frachiseur

 

03/26/19

Learning Real Life Skills

A room full of 4-H’ers and parents turned out on March 19 at the Adams Building at UA Cossatot in De Queen to learn some real life skills.  Janet Cantrell, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences (CEA-FCS), taught 4-H’ers how to sort, wash, dry, and fold laundry.  She explained what the symbols in your clothing represent and talked about how to care for your clothing.  The children had fun sorting themselves into groups, colored clothes or white clothes, according to the clothes they were wearing.

Janet Cantrell, CEA-FCS with Sevier County Extension Service, teaches 4-H’ers how to sort, wash, dry, and fold laundry for the Real Life Skills class held in De Queen on March 19.

Monte Bartek, president of the 4-H Leaders Association, talked about the different kinds of trees and demonstrated how to plant trees.  He showed the kids what a “J” root and an “L” root looks like and how to avoid these problems in planting.  Each 4-H’er got to try their hand at planting a pine tree.

For more information on 4-H or about joining a 4-H club, you may call the Sevier County Extension office at (870) 584-3013.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Photo by Dana Stringfellow

3/4/19

4-H Outdoor County O’Rama

Sevier County 4-H held their annual Outdoor County 4-H O’Rama on February 18.  The competitive events included gun safety and BB gun marksmanship, reel into sports fishing, and bicycle. .

Leighton Frachiseur participating in gun safety and assisted by 4-H leader, Monte Bartek, at the 4-H Outdoor County O’Rama.

The winners of these events will be eligible to compete at the District 4-H O’Rama that’s held in June.  Even though it was a cold day, 46 4-H’ers showed up to compete.  Winners from each competition are as follows:

GUN SAFETY AND BB GUN:  Juniors:  1st – Gavin Carver, 2nd – Brayden Frachiseur, 3rd – James Bartek, 4th– McKenzie Simpson, and 5th – Jake Martin. Seniors:  1st – Attalee Frachiseur, 2nd – Marcus Rosson, 3rd – Hunter Frachiseur, 4th – Amber Morris, and 5th– Alec Frachiseur.

REEL INTO SPORTS FISHING:  Juniors: 1st – Brayden Frachiseur, 2nd – Zae-Lei Frachiseur, and 3rd – Landon Frachiseur, 4th – Evin Frachiseur, and 5th – Kaedon Davis.  Seniors:  1st – Marcus Rosson, 2nd – Alec Frachiseur, 3rd – Madison Bagley, 4th – Ethan Wolcott, and 5th – Hunter Frachiseur.

BICYCLE:  Juniors:  1st – James Bartek, 2nd – Dori Bartek, and 3rd – Reagan Frachiseur, 4th – Bella Baker, and 5th – Jake Martin. Senior: 1st – Lexy Rosson

If you would like more information about 4-H and how to join, please contact the Sevier County Extension office at (870) 584-3013.

 

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