Several 4-H members from Taylor County participated in the recent District 7 Food Show. (I would appreciate hearing from other counties on how your members did. Please forward them using the contact information listed at the end of this column.) Two members received first place recognition: Leighton Phillips, side dish, Juniors (third through fifth grade); and Larsyn Allen, appetizer, Intermediate (middle school age).
Three Seniors (high school) earned recognition: Lilly Walker, second place, appetizer; Rachael Dawkins, second place, exhibit; and Jaxon Potter, fourth place, side dish.
The Rutland name came up twice in Juniors. Cash Rutland was fourth in healthy dessert and Gail Rutland fourth for main dish. Also, Beau Ross took second in appetizer.
Among Intermediates, there were four others recognized. Ella Hays was second in side dish, Daisy Smith fourth in healthy dessert, Rustyn Ross fourth in main dish and KC Dauer fifth in exhibit.
While preparing their entries, these “all right” kids not only had to know how to prepare their dish, they also had to be ready to present it in an attractive way, answer questions and explain the health benefits of the dish.
Keep in mind that some of these entries were presented by kids as young as third grade. They are comfortable early on in the kitchen. That sure sounds like a handy life skill to be mastering at any age, let alone by someone so young.
Congratulations to all these young contestants. And, again, please send information you may have on any winners from other area counties.
Sunday for “Winter Wonderland: A Virtual Mystery Experience,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 17 (kindergarten through 3rd grade) and 6:30 p.m. (4th through 8th grades). $17 per girl. Open to out-of-council members and non-Girl Scouts. Register at gsctx,org under “Events calendar”.
Dec. 15 for Girl Scout Gold Award workshop (virtual) Dec. 18. For Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts and adults in Texas Oklahoma Plains council. No charge; register at gs-top.org under “Events” calendar.
Girl Scout adult leader Outdoor 101, a required course for outdoor activities. Virtual event, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. $30 for adults registered with Texas Oklahoma Plains Council; $55 for other councils or non-registered adults. Register at gs-top.org under “Events” calendar.
“Christmas at Santa’s: A Virtual Mystery Experience,” 6 p.m. Wednesday (Daisys and Brownies), Thursday (Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes) or Friday (Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors). $20 per girl; open to out-of-council members also. Register at gs-top.org under “Events calendar”).
Cub Scout/Boy Scout leaders roundtable, 7 p.m. Thursday, Highland Church of Christ, 325 Highland Ave., Abilene. 325-677-2688.
Pecan Valley Cub-o-Ree, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Risien Park, San Saba. $5 per Scout. Register with Larry Eddinger, 254-458-1581, or at Abilene office, 325-677-2688.
Tot Spot, for children ages 3-5 (and an adult), 9:30 a.m. first Thursday and Friday of each month, The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. (Check at www.thegracemuseum.org under “Events and classes” for holiday scheduling.) Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Reservations required; 325-673-4587 or thegracemuseum.org.
There are many events (a lot of them virtual) you can join. Keep up at gs-top.org or gsctx.org for Girl Scouts; and at texastrailsbsa.com for Cub Scouts/Scouts BSA.
Contact Carl Kieke at 325-673-3552; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Monday for publication the following Monday.
This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Taylor County kids get top marks in the kitchen