Five Escambia County 4-H members entered the State 4-H tailgating competition at the University of Florida.
Escambia County 4-H winners were:
- Aubrie Dillon – First place, shrimp
- Taylor Anderson – third place, pork
- Kailee Dunlap – first place, pork
- Madelyn Goss – second place, beef
- Tucker Padgett – first place, beef
The top two people in each protein category received college scholarship funds – $ 1,500 for first place and $ 1,000 for second place. Each Escambia County entrant entered the competition and earned a total of $ 5,500 in college scholarships.
Participants created table displays to showcase their recipes and were judged on their grilling skills. In addition, their knowledge was put to the test with questions from the jury on food and fire protection as well as meat selection.
“4-H helps our youth acquire the knowledge and skills they need for their future,” said Nick Simmons, director of UF / IFAS Extension Escambia. “Whether you’re into science, technology, food, or public speaking, we have projects that benefit everyone and help them give back to their community. The tailgating competition allowed them to think outside the box, but also taught them important food and fire safety rules. All of Escambia County’s participants learned so much from this competition and took new skills home with them to share with their families. “