West Feliciana Parish 4-H’ers recently competed to find the best cooks, sewers and photographers among the group.
The club’s annual contest day, held March 7 at United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall in St. Francisville, was open to parish 4-H members of all ages.
“We have project clubs in these three areas of 4-H — cooking, sewing and photography — and they’re very active throughout the school year,” LSU Agricultural Center’s Meredith DeLee, of West Feliciana Parish 4-H, said. “Youth involved in project clubs are often able to complete the projects during monthly workshops or learn tips to finish them at home and then enter the projects on contest day.”
DeLee listed finishing a pillowcase or apron in the sewing club, learning how to take a quality photograph in the photography club, or learning how to prepare healthy, tasty meals at a “Six Easy Bites” workshop as examples of club activities.
LSU AgCenter Nutrition Agent Layne Langley held a scavenger hunt for the 4-H’ers while their entries were being judged. Clues were left throughout St. Francisville’s historic district, and the children received plenty of exercise searching for facts related to town and parish history, DeLee said. Club members with the most correct answers were entered into a prize drawing. Judges for the cookery contest included State Rep. Kenny Havard, St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla, Amy Betts, Contessa Brooks, Mary Brown, Sue Horton, Leigh Hughes, John Kean, Dan Klein, Ellen McFarland and Pam Wall.
The sewing contest was judged by Dewana Bobo and Delana Robinson and the photography contest by Tara Morris.
Jon Elise Sturgeon won first place in the ground beef quick and easy contest, processed poultry, other poultry and egg appetizer divisions.
Other winners included:
SUGAR: Katie Eschete, first place, cakes; and Alex Patin, first place, pies.
POULTRY-CHICKEN: Patin, first place.
MY FAVORITES: Callie DeLee, first place, sweet potato; and Trevor DeLee, first place, wild game.
Receiving Best of Show nods in the cookery divisions went to Eschete, sugar; Sturgeon, ground beef, poultry and egg; and Callie DeLee, my favorites.
Cookery division winners advanced to the regional competition, where they represented West Feliciana on April 7 in Ponchatoula.
The Sew With Cotton contest results were:
PILLOW CASE: Patin, first place; Kaitlyn Butler, second place; and Abbie Guillory, third place. Earning honorable mentions were Caylen DeLaney, Catherine Hodges and Ella McKinney.
TOTES: Sturgeon, first place, and Callie DeLee, second place.
DRESSES: Sturgeon, first place, and Callie DeLee, second place.
In the photography contest, Patin won first place in the people, animals and other categories, and Callie DeLee finished in first place and Sophie Alberstadt in second in the black and white category.
Overall awards for Best Use of Light and Most Artistic were given to Patin and Callie DeLee, respectively.