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08-02-03: Auglaize County Fair 4-H youths offer treats to judges
The Daily Standard

    WAPAKONETA - Tempting aromas of baked bread, pizza, cookies, chili, cobblers and other tasty morsels greeted an audience of about 100 at the Auglaize County Fair Friday morning as the 4-H Foods Show got underway.
    County extension agent Lois Clark, organizer of the event for the past 29 years, said there were about 130 contestants ages 9 to 19 for this year's event.
    Brandon Rose, 12, of New Bremen, was all decked out in his Boy Scout uniform and seated at an outdoorsy-looking place setting, complete with a mess kit, tongs and a carved wood raccoon, waiting for one of the judges to interview him.
    Brandon cooked sirloin and vegggies in a foil packet as his entry in the Outdoor Cooking category.
    "I put cream of chicken soup in first and that keeps the meat from sticking. Plus I use frozen meat to give the vegetables time to cook," he said.
    About 12 card tables were decorated by the young chefs in the motif of their meal. Several chefs, wearing sombreros, offered judges Mexican foods, while others used checkered tablecloths for a picnic theme.
    Long-time 4-H advisor Anna Mae Saum said the projects are based on nutrition values and cost per serving as well as getting kids familiar with the food pyramid and healthy eating.
    One category called Star Spangled Foods featured all American dishes like apple pie and home style favorites.
    Barbara Osterloh, advisor to Stitch On Snack 4-H Club for the past 27 years said she picked up a peach cobbler recipe years ago at this event that she has used for years.
    Osterloh was busy reviewing recipes that she'll include in her club's annual booklet highlighting who took what to the fair and various activities the group has done throughout the year.
    Lois Clark would certainly endorse this scrapbook-type idea as it reinforces her own delight in this event.
    "I love watching the kids grow each year in the variety of projects they bring in. And, it's great to see so many families involved. You know, the nine-year-olds I saw here 27 years ago are now bringing in their own kids," Clark said.


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