Submitted by Emma Hussey
COARSEGOLD – Coarsegold 4-H had a lot of participation in the Madera County Favorite Foods Day this year, held at Minarets High School.
Favorite Foods Day is something that anyone in 4-H can be a part of. They do not have to be in a Cooking Project to show their food. It is a day when any 4-H member can cook something at home and then bring it to compete with other foods in that category.
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Categories are dairy, cookies, cakes, breads, appetizers, pastries, candies, healthy/diet foods, international foods, “Made from a Mix,” main dish, decorated food, salad, and a non-food contest for special occasion/place setting.
Mini-members who are not 9 years old yet can also enter their food. You may enter as many categories as you like, but only one dish per category.
Each food is graded and gets a ribbon for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place based on the points. Then, the best of each category gets the overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. After all the food is judged, everyone gets to taste the different foods. We had a lot of judges who are local people who like try new foods.
There was also a cooking showmanship which means being able to show that you know what the cooking tools are and what they do.
Another contest was Consumer Science Judging. At Consumer Science Judging, you look at groups of foods (such as apples or cucumbers) and grade how healthy they are against each other. This may help you to be a better food shopper outside of 4-H because it helps you to understand why one is better than the other.
Our club had several winners. Emma Hussey (this reporter) got 1st place in cookies and 3rd place for Intermediate Consumer Science Judging.
Eden Hussey got 2nd place on cookies, 1st place in cakes, and 1st place in Intermediate Consumer Science Judging.
Roman Gonzalez got 3rd place in cakes.
Makayla Beckstead got 1st place in breads and 2nd in Jr. Consumer Science Judging.
Rileigh Azevedo got 2nd place in breads.
Jordan McCully got 2nd place in Pastries and 1st place in Jr. Consumer Science Judging.
Katie Colan got 2nd place in Healthy Foods.
Suzanna Gonzalez got 1st place in salads.
Robby Gresham and David Sparks got ribbons for Mini-members.
Robby Gresham also won 1st place for mini member Showmanship.
There were also special awards for certain categories that are donated by generous companies and people in our community.
Eden Hussey won the special award for Dairy and Suzanna Gonzalez won the special award for Salads. Congratulations Coarsegold 4-H!
In 4-H, anyone under 9 years old is a mini-member. Junior means members in 4th and 5th grade. Intermediate means they are in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. Senior means they are in High School.
Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H, you can call her at 683-5149. Anyone can join! You don’t have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H, you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings.
4-H Statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the 3rd grade and up to age 19 years of age. All youth and adults in Madera County are invited to participate in the 4-H Program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.
Emma Hussey and her 1st place cookies.
Photo by Karl Hussey. Coarsegold 4-H at favorite Foods Day. top row: Emma Hussey, Erin McCully, Rileigh Azevedo, Katie Colan, Timothy Sparks, Suzanna Gonzalez, Makayla Beckstead, Roman Gonzalez. Bottom row: Eden Hussey, Jordan McCully, Ava Gresham, Kylie Colan, Robby Gresham, David Sparks, and Savanna Gonzalez.
Timothy Sparks and his pasta.
Makayla and her 1st place Bread.
Emma Hussey is a student and Coarsegold 4-H Club Reporter.