|08-02-03: Auglaize County Fair 4-H youths offer treats
|By JANIE SOUTHARD
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
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
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