To help provide yet another facet to the county’s thriving ag program, the Elmore City-Pernell 4-H Club is currently laying plans to host the first annual Garvin County Food Show.

Club leader Ann Harrel said the show isn’t for 4-H members alone. Instead, residents from all over the county are welcome to participate in the event which will be held in the school cafeteria at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25.

“All Garvin County 4-H members are invited to participate in the show and other area residents may enter a dish in the open class. Each entrant may choose to enter up to two dishes in any of five categories,” Harrel said.

“We’ll have a main dish, side dish, salad, yeast product and dessert category. In each category there will be a 4-H junior winner, a 4-H senior winner, as well as an open class winner.

“We’ll also have a grand champion selected from each division.”

All participants must be in their designated areas by 10 a.m. the day of the show, Harrel noted.

Besides displaying their dish, each participant will also be asked to present a daily menu including their dish of choice in a balanced diet. They will also be required to prepare a table setting that complements their featured dish.

According to Harrel, the purposes and objectives of the first annual food show is to (1) encourage clubs to use the Food and Nutrition project to promote healthy lifestyles (2) give a chance for Garvin County 4-H members to showcase their culinary skills (3) and provide an event where 4-H members from across the county can share their favorite recipes, a balanced menu and creative place settings.

A variety of prizes will be up for grabs throughout the competition including trophies, ribbons, kitchen utensils, bakeware, aprons, tablecloths and placements.

After all the judging is completed, participants will also get the opportunity to taste a sample from each dish entry.

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