[4-H CONTEST INTRO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR “4-H”? “OUTDOOR GRILLING” AND “FOOD SAFETY” MAY NOT BE THE FIRST THINGS THAT COME TO MIND. EACH SUMMER A GROUP OF 4-H GRILL- MASTERS ARE PERFECTING RECIPES IN HOPES OF WINNING BIG. FARMWEEK’S JONATHAN PARRISH HAS ALL THE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND SMELLS FROM THIS UNIQUE COMPETITION. ■ COUNTY COLISEUM FEATURED GRILLERS RANGING IN AGE FROM 8 TO 18. EACH COMPETITOR COOKED THEIR CHOICE OF STEAK, PORK CHOP, CHICKEN, SPECIALTY BEEF OR HAMBURGER ON A CHARCOAL GRILL. THE 4-H MEMBERS HERE ALREADY WON IN THEIR HOME COUNTIES, AND CONTINUED TO PRACTICE THEIR RECIPE UP UNTIL THIS NORTH MISSISSIPPI EVENT. “My first time was when I was practicing in my back yard, man when that pork chop came up it was sizzling, it was good had the nice smell to it. I bit into it the tender juiciness just hit the back of your throat and I was like man I got this down pat. And then my greatest achievement is when I won that first place trophy. I didn’t get overall and that’s why I came back this year.” THE JUDGES GRADED EACH PARTICIPANT BASED ON TASTE, COOKING TO CORRECT TEMPERATURE, PRESENTATION AND CLEANLINESS. THIS COOKING COMPETITION STRESSES GRILLING SAFETY AND GIVES THE 4-H MEMBERS A SKILL THEY CAN CONTINUE TO USE THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. “I’ve taken away a love for grilling, I don’t just love to grill shishkabobs like I’m doing here but I love to do burgers, chicken, pork really anything I can get my hands on. And it’s taught me a lot about grilling safety which I’ve been able to do workshops on. It was for sure because of 4-h and this contest otherwise I don’t think I’d be grilling or cooking at all to be honest.” ELI MAGNESS WAS ONE OF THE WINNERS IN THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI 4-H COOK-OUT. HE WAS AWARDED THE OVERALL FIRST PLACE IN THE BEEF CATEGORY FOR HIS SEASONED STEAK- AND-VEGETABLE KABOBS. YOU MIGHT SAY THIS 4-H PROGRAM PROVES THAT GRILLING ISN’T JUST FOR GROWN- UPS. FROM WINONA MISSISSIPPI, I’M JONATHAN PARRISH REPORTING. [4-H CONTEST TAG] —ON CAM— —AMY— ONE INTERESTING NOTE…QUINTON THE YOUNG MAN IN THAT STORY WHO SAID HE CAME BACK THIS YEAR TO WIN THE OVERALL AWARD…WELL, HE DID JUST THAT. SO CONGRATS TO HIM AND ALL THAT COMPETED!