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Thirty Youth Fire Up Grills for State Tailgate Contest Sept. 15

Who:    Thirty youth members of the UF/IFAS Extension 4-H youth development program.

What:    Many adults still haven’t gotten the hang of grilling on a charcoal grill. But 30 kids from across the state of Florida have mastered the art and science of cooking up delicious beef, pork, poultry and seafood. Now their skills and original recipes will be put to the test.

In addition to taste, participants are judged on their knowledge of food safety and proper grilling technique. Preparing for the contest, they’ve developed many life skills, including decision making, healthy lifestyle choices and effective communication.

The first and second place winners in each of the four divisions will receive $1,500 and $1,000 college scholarships, respectively.

This event is sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ, Winn-Dixie, National Beef and Sanderson Farms. In addition to scholarships, sponsors, who will also act as guest judges, have provided gift cards and meat thermometers.

When:    9 a.m., Sept. 15

Where:   UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center

2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307 (office), 949-735-1076 (cell),


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.