Yadkin County 4-H Club members have had a busy spring being involved in many different programs and events.
The start of the spring season included the opportunity to host the annual Area Food Show in the new Yadkin County Education and Agricultural Building. The event involves youth from Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin in three age divisions where participants can prepare a dish in one of the following categories: appetizer, main dish, dessert, or snack.
The youth, in addition to preparing the dish, must also present the appropriate table setting and be interviewed by the judges. Evaluation is based on a combined score of food presentation, flavor, table setting, knowledge and judges interview. Judges critique the youth and award blue, red and white awards and select an overall winner in the Junior and Senior Division.
Yadkin County won both divisions with Griffin Taylor winning the Junior Division with his entry of Veggie Sushi Rolls and Grace Gilyard winning the seniors with her Asian Inspired Honey Chicken with Fried Rice.
In April, Yadkin County 4-H members participated in the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Iredell County. The event was a combined event with the North Carolina FFA Dairy Judging Career Development Event. Yadkin County 4-H member Harley Walker placed 19th in the senior division of the contest. The Yadkin County Junior Team of Jake Roberts, Connor Cummings and Rebecca Walker placed third in the team competition.
Project Record Books are an important part of the 4-H program. This competition involves youth developing a record for their different projects. Record keeping is an important life skill that 4-H emphasizes. Yadkin had 28 project records completed. The books were evaluated and the county champions were then sent on to Raleigh for the district competition. Yadkin had a great showing with the following youth receiving recognition: Communication and Expressive Arts, Bryson Helton- Gold, Octavio Joaquin- Bronze Award, Citizenship and Civic Education, Bryson Helton- Bronze, Environmental Science Mallory Hutchens- Gold and Dakota Brown- Silver. Other youth receiving Honorable Mention were Michael Swaim, and Jacob Swaim.
Finally in May, the Dairy Quiz Bowl and Skillathon teams competed at the state contests. These teams have been practicing since December for the state competition. Quiz Bowl is a competition of general knowledge about all aspects of the dairy industry. Youth take an exam and are then put into matches with other teams. Skill-a-thon is a contest where youth get a more hands-on experience. The contest has six different components that include: feed identification, equipment identification, dairy foods identification, judging a class of dairy cows, evaluating a class of hay and a team problem. Yadkin County placed fourth in the senior and junior divisions in both contests.
In addition to these programs, Yadkin County provided school enrichment programs this spring including Embryology, Steps To Health, Color Me Healthy and Ag Awareness Day. Yadkin County 4-H is a partner agency with the Yadkin County United Fund and is part of the Yadkin County Cooperative Extension that is a partnership between North Carolina State University and Yadkin County. For more information, contact Melissa Staebner at 336-849-7908.