Escambia 4-H Members Gain Skills, Earn Money At Regional Tailgate Contest

August 1, 2017

Recently, 4-H members from across Northwest Florida participated in the second annual Northwest Regional 4-H Tailgate Contest.

Grilling competitors took part in one of four categories: beef, pork, poultry (half a chicken or turkey breast), and shrimp. Participants were judged on their grilling abilities, but also on questions from judges on food safety, fire safety, and meat selection.

Regional winners earned $400 in scholarship money for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for fourth place. The top two individuals in each protein category earned the opportunity to participate in the State 4-H Tailgate Contest in Gainesville in October.

Five Escambia County 4-H members participated in the regional contest, including Noah Ball – Beef, Aubrie Dillon – Beef, Dillon Conti – Poultry, Raeleigh Woodfin – Pork, and Stewart Woodfin – Pork. All of the Escambia County entrants earned the opportunity to compete after winning the county competition as part of the Escambia  County 4-H Tailgate Day Camp.

At the regional contest held at Washington County Ag Center in Chipley, Aubrie Dillon placed fourth in the beef category and Dillon Conti placed third in the poultry category.  Dillon plans to continue using his grilling skills to cook for his  family.

“I had a lot of fun at the regional 4-H tailgate contests this year. It was actually the first time I ad ever thought about grilling chicken and I think I’ll probably be grilling chicken a lot more now. I want to encourage more 4-H  members to participate in the contest and I hope to see many more contestants next year,” Conti said.

Pictured top: Aubrie Dillon relaxes while cooking her steak recipe. Pictured below: Dillon Conti prepares his chicken for the grill, and Noah Ball checks the internal temperature of his steak. Pictured bottom: Raeleigh Woodfin prepares to grill her pork chops and Stewart Woodfin with his pork chops. Photos for, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “Escambia 4-H Members Gain Skills, Earn Money At Regional Tailgate Contest”

  1. Nancy Jo Davidson on August 6th, 2017 10:08 pm

    Thanks so much for your support of these 4-H children!!

  2. Stephanie Farmer on August 6th, 2017 3:23 pm

    Thank you for your support and great coverage of 4-H. This story made me hungry LOL! and shows the diversity!

  3. Coach Bonucchi on August 1st, 2017 10:36 pm

    Gotta Love seeing tate Tennis in the house at the 4H event! Super job everyone!

  4. Sarah-Jane on August 1st, 2017 8:03 pm

    Congratulations to all the Barrineau Park Youth, Dillon, Stewart and Raeleigh…..this is a great life skill that 4-H is giving you. Very proud of all if you! Next cookout you all are in charge!

  5. Nancy Smith on August 1st, 2017 7:22 am

    Way to go Dillon and everyone, great job.

  6. Ra'sheed Jackson on August 1st, 2017 6:07 am

    It is so encouraging to see these young people participating is this type of activity. Clearly they are being taught to be contributors to society. 4H is a wonderful association and the lessons and skills they teach these young people are truly ones that will be useful their entire lives.

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