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Iron Chef, window displays mark 4-H Week

Blair Allison, left, and Mya Keenan, first-place main dish -- Contributed

Ohio 4-H Week was observed the week of March 8 with window displays throughout Jefferson County, the Iron Chef clinic at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on March 7 and a proclamation issued by the state.

Greg Froehlich of Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville organized and provided judges for the 39 teams that competed. Two 4-H Committee members volunteered to judge the 10 Cloverbud teams, who also participated. Cloverbuds were first-time competitors this year.

“This was the very first year that Cloverbuds had a category at The Iron Chef, and they all did amazing,” noted Tracy McKee, 4-H office associate.

Guests who wished to taste-test after judging was complete purchased $5 handstamps with all proceeds benefitting the 4-H Committee to assist in this year’s event planning.

Iron Chef allows 4-H members to show off their culinary skills, 4-H officials explained. Taken from the TV show with the same name, Iron Chef involves preparing dishes using a common main ingredient to see who can come up with the best product. The main ingredient for this year’s competition was Fresh Tomatoes, Ohio’s Fruit. Dishes were judged in four cateorgies — appetizers, soup, main Dish and dessert. The Cloverbud teams category was salad. All 4-H Clubs prepared a dish ahead of time and brought a recipe to serve six judges. Judging areas included creativity, presentation and taste. In addition, teams were required to bring enough samples for at least 20 tastings to be served following judging. The 4-H members earned points that apply to their Honor Member status by participating. All teams also were required to design an Ohio themed placemat for their table and provide a written copy of their exact recipe to the judges.

Iron Chef 2020 first-place winners were:

Soup: Warren Ridge Wranglers, Jasmine Stewart, Casity Stewart, Presley McGilton and Madison Wilt.

Appetizer: Friends and Neighbors, Emma Morrison, Kaity Morrison, Bailey Albright and Allana Hope, and Town and Country, Dayne Carter, Jayse Carter, Mayh Fabry and Kain Fabry.

Main Dish: Wildwood Critters Blair Allison and Mya Keenan; and Cross Creek Tomahawks Ava Aftanas, Bryden Kittle, Bella Prolago, Avery Kittle and Ezio Prolago.

Dessert: Country Road Runners/Free Spirits, Amanda Boring, Hailey Parker, Mia Loy, Isabella Loy and Victoria Younkin, and Dessert was Warren Ridge Wranglers, Trinity McGilton, Anna Dayton and Madison Maneh.

There were several camp counselors providing assistance to guests, 4-H members and parents throughout the day. While the judging was in progress, 4-H Member Catalina Mazzaferro from Lucky Leaf Livestock taught “Hairstyles for Food Handlers,” JVS culinary graduate Amber Bartlett taught “How to Set a Table” and Amanda Roach, 4-H volunteer from Liberty Gals and Guys, taught “Napkin Folding.”

In the window displays, the top 10 windows were: 1.Warren Ridge Wranglers, Karen Thomas, Buckeye Local High School bulletin board, $25; 2. Free Spirits, Kelly Valuska, Dairy Queen, Rayland, $25; 3. Liberty Gals and Guys, Joyce Wetherell, CrummIt Vault, Martins Ferry, $25; 4. 4-H Varieties, Joelle Bensie, The Birds Nest, Yorkville, $10; 5. Purple Circle, Amanda Wood, Richmond Post Office, $10; 6. Wildwood Critters, Rob Vein, Oklok-Criss, Steubenville, $10; 7. Happy Hooves and Fancy Feathers, Erin Odgen, Ogden Performance, Rayland, $10; 8. Town and Country, Cindy Stingle, Tiltonsville Post Office, $10; 9. The Dirt Diggers, Chrissy Crawford, Zonti’s Pizza, Rayland, $10; and 10. Windy Ridge, Melissa Griffith, Harrisville Firehall, $10.

Honorable mentions were for the following clubs listed with their advisers and window display locations: Cross Creek Tomahawks, Karen Hill, McDonald’s, Steubenville; Country Roadrunners, Heather Parker, Jeffco Training Center; Sunrise Lads and Lassies, Gretchen Bonecutter, Old Wayne Elementary; Country Rangers, Carl Glenn, Touch of Elegance; Golden Horseshoe, Carolyn Piergallini, Petrozzi’s; 43 Ramblers, Josh McConnell, Glenn Mills Community Senior Center; Friends and Neighbors, Melissa Zifzal, Burger King; Appalachian 4-H’ers, Cordelia Russell, Riesbeck’s; Buckeye Variety, Jamie Wiley, John Gregg Elementary; and Bits-N-Pieces, Jerry Ramsey, Jerico Motors, Wintersville.

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