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4-H Back-to-School Grilling Contest

Wakulla 4-H will hold the Inaugural Back to School BBQ Competition on August 4 at the UF/IFAS Wakulla Extension Office at 84 Cedar Avenue. Competition entries are due July 21.

About the Contest

The Back to School BBQ Competition will offer Wakulla 4-H students the chance to experience a competitive educational experience close to home. The competition will closely follow the rules of the annual Florida 4-H Tailgate Contest. Each fall, Florida 4-H holds a Tailgate Contest at the University of Florida for 4-H members ages 13 to 18. The purpose of this contest is to promote the use of animal protein in the diet by teaching the art and science of safely preparing beef, pork, poultry, and seafood in an outdoor setting, with a focus on fire and grill safety, proper cooking temperatures, prevention of cross-contamination, flavor, and visual desirability. Investment in this activity will provide 4-H youth with life skills, including decision making, healthy lifestyle choices, and communication.

4-H Volunteer Leader Samantha Isaacs is chairing this year’s event. Isaacs said, “The grilling competition opens the door to start teaching children how to prepare a healthy meal. We are inundated with large portions and excessive amounts of sides when we look at meals and this gives kids an opportunity to see that less is more. The competitors will receive coaching from adults on spices, flavors, and complimentary dishes, as well as instruction on the safe use of kitchen and grilling equipment. This is a well -rounded opportunity for our youth to come together with adult mentors by wrapping up some fun competition with hands -on education.”

Flyer, Rules, and Registration Form

Contest Flyer

Contest Rules

Contest Registration Form (DUE JULY 21!)

Please contact 4-H agent Rachel Pienta at (850) 926-3931 if you have questions.

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