Panhandle District 1 Fall Roundup


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Panhandle District 1 4-H Fall Roundup was held in Amarillo at the Tri-State Fairgrounds earlier this week with 657 youth participating. Gray County had 14 youth participating in three contests at the roundup competition.

4-H is the youth organization within AgriLife Extension, and annually districtwide competitions allow the youth to showcase their projects and knowledge.

The District Food Show had 109 youth showcase their preparation skills, nutrition and food safety knowledge, and presentation skills, with 12 Gray County 4-H’ers participating. 

On the Junior level -- 3rd-5th grades -- Pierson Smillie placed 5th in appetizers, Miles Clark placed 6th in side dish, and Harper Nachtigall placed 8th in the healthy desserts.

On the Intermediate level -- 6th-8th grades -- Owen Moore placed 9th in appetizers, Ian Moore placed 7th and Conor Safranca placed 11th in main dish, Melody Clark placed 8th in side dish, and Andrew Schantin placed 4th and Blake Hembree-Parkin placed 9th in healthy desserts.

On the senior level -- 9th-12th grades -- Tony Soria placed 6th in appetizers, Brycen Epperson placed 3rd in main dish, and Nicky Price placed 3rd in main dish.

The District Consumer Decision Making Contests highlights consumer education and money management skills. There were 92 youth participating on teams and individually by judging products and giving reasons. Gray County had one senior team compete – Brycen Epperson, Nicky Price, and Tony Soria -- and placed 6th.

The District Food Challenge contest had 407 entrants. This team event is similar to the cooking contests showcased on cooking shows. Youth have a bag of grocery items and must develop a recipe, prepare the dish, plate the dish and prepare a presentation in 40 minutes. 

Gray County had four teams compete this year. the junior team of Miles Clark, Harper Nachitgall and Pierson Smillie placed 2nd in the main dish category. The intermediate team of Melody Clark, Charles Hembree-Parkin and Owen Moore placed 4th in the appetizer category. Two other intermediate teams competing were: Andrew Schantin, Blake Hembree-Parkin and Chasady Torres and Ian Moore, Kaelyn Murray and Conor Safranca.

Assisting on the District Task Force helping conduct the contests were Gray County 4-H’ers Brycen Epperson, Nicky Price and Tony Soria.


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