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Cedar Key women
rock the fashion world

Some of the 100-plus women are seen enjoying part of the afternoon.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © March 24, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
One hundred and thirty women and one man enjoyed three hours of "Afternoon Delight" Thursday afternoon (March 23) in Cedar Key.

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Cedar Key Woman's Club President Jane Moore welcomes everyone to the luncheon and fashion show that had a theme of 'Afternoon Delight.'

     Sometimes a title sounds a bit more risqué than what actually happens.
     The Cedar Key Woman’s Club held its 12th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show named “Afternoon Delight” this year, and once again the flawless event provided fun, food and fashion for members and guests of the CKWC who were comfortably nestled into the Cedar Key Community Center.
     As expected, the event attracted a sellout crowd again this year. And as one might have anticipated, it was a memorable afternoon that completely delighted and satisfied all who attended. A good time was had by all – including the only male in the building, a journalist.

Esta Johnston holds some of her artwork. This is a sketch to show downtown Cedar Key from how it looked in the 1960s. Her sketches cover decades of views of the island community.

     Boutiques opened at 1:30 p.m. and the vendors of jewelry, art, books, soaps and other items were located next to a few of the walls of the Community Center. Vendors and guests all enjoyed the warm welcome that is a tradition of the Cedar Key Woman's Club.
     The vendors this year were Misty Baker (Elegant DeLites), Lynn Sylver, Michelle Beckham (Dragonfly Pond), Debbie Dye, Esta Johnston (Cedar Key Memories), Marie Lewis, Darlene White, Emily Colson (Cedar Key Scrubs), Connie Nelson, Donna Bushnell and the Cedar Key Woman's Club Trinket & Treasures.
     Johnston a former illustrator for the University of Florida Biological Sciences Department and then an illustrator at The Smithsonian (and now retired from that) was selling her sketches. Tee shirts where she created the art as well were selling like hotcakes as well.
     Baker, Beckham and some of the other vendors found their unique handmade jewelry was marketed in just the right place at the perfect time. Members and guests of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club made the rounds of shopping before and after the luncheon and fashion show.
     Among the item Colson was selling were her homemade soaps. The soaps included ingredients from the Cedar Key Community Garden, Riely’s Raw Honey and the surrounding natural environment.
     Colson chose the name Cedar Key Scrubs from the scrub lands that are nearby and from the idea of soap being used to scrub a person clean.
     Lewis said some of the jewelry she sells is made from sea glass. This glass comes from the shores of Lake Eerie, where they call it beach glass.
     Many of the ladies shared the happiness of having found just the right pieces of locally made jewelry as they returned to share with their colleagues at the many different round dining tables.

Gini Barss wears a navy blue cold shoulder Crown and Ivy top with Raphael white capris.

Janie Veltcamo wears a black Columbia skort, turquoise bracelet and her own signature cowgirl hat. She holds her book that is written for children Beauty and the Beak.

Karen Decker wears a Periwinkle blue hoodie and tropical print capris.

Ann Morgan wears a shimmering silver dress by MSK.

     CKWC President Jane Moore who was reading from a script as a dozen members modeled 12 different sets of fashionable outfits, needed to modify her verbiage, because the models had bought earrings, bracelets or necklaces from the very local vendors of the day.
     Pat Stephens, a very new member, was the keyboard artist performing at the event.
     Though this fashion show event heralds its twelfth consecutive year, CKWC President Moore has previously mentioned that some members participated in the CKWC’s Fashion Show of 1960, and there were at least some other fashion shows in the 1960s and 1970s.
     The CKWC has its foundation from earlier than 1960, Moore said, but 1960 is when the group took on the name of Cedar Key Woman’s Club. Founded in 1947, the Woman's Civic Club of Cedar Key met at The Island Hotel.
     The club worked to improve the city by naming streets and building sidewalks in the late 1940s.
     Renamed in 1960 the Cedar Key Woman's Club, among the first items on its agenda was adding an auditorium and gymnasium to the school. Twice-a-week trash collection was another project back then.
     The CKWC worked to establish the public library. It met at a few different locations on the island over the decades until moving the clubhouse  in 2008 to a building on State Road 24.
     The club continues to provide support for several community projects, including the library, the Fire Department, the Food Pantry, Another Way, Cedar Key School programs and scholarships, arts programs and American troops as well as the Fisher House.
     The Fashion Show is among those happenings that reflect the CKWC, President Moore said.
     This event is fun. It involves food.
     And “it brings together wonderful women – people who volunteer all across our community in different organizations, offering their talents and energy to make Cedar Key the wonderful place it is today.”

The Tacky Tourist shows visiting GFWC members a pineapple top she has worn at previous fashion shows.

The Tacky Tourist is seen with her complete outfit early on. As the afternoon progresses, she removes articles of clothing and talks about various subjects. One fundraising effort she promoted this year was Another Way -- a shelter for people who are abused.

      The CKWC is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Florida. President Moore introduced GFWC District 5 Director Vickie Cox and other members from the Woman’s Club of High Springs and the audience applauded as a method to show they were welcome to enjoy the show.
    GFWC Ocala Woman's Club President Fran Kelonia was present as well.
     One districtwide factor from this event is – the quilt.
     The product of at least 10 members sewing and creating it, the quilt served as a fundraising focus. It was during the Fashion Show Luncheon that the winner of the quilt was chosen during a random drawing.
     CKWC Member Kate Alex chose the winning ticket from a hopper turned by CKWC Member Janet Ramsey, who had been providing raffle tickets for contributions that day with CKWC Member Cindy Turner.

In this video, the moment of truth is found. The Tacky Tourist – Eileen Senecal won the quilt. Katey Alex picks the winning ticket. Janet Ramsey turns the crank and Cindy Turner (foreground) observes.

The purple Best In Show ribbon is on the quilt.

Turning the crank is Janet Ramsey as Cindy Turner observes.

     That quilt won Best Of Show at the GFWC District 5 Art Show. President Moore said on Friday morning (March 24) that members of the GFWC District 5 leadership team volunteered to transport that quilt for entry in the GFWC State Art Show to compete at the state level.
     Funds raised by the exchange of donations for tickets, go to the Fisher House in Gainesville. The Fisher House is for veterans’ families as their family member is cared for at the VA hospital in Gainesville. To stay at the Gainesville Fisher House, please contact the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.

Here is one view of the many different types of small sandwiches available to the diners.

     The afternoon of entertaining merriment and completely enjoyable activities included the serving of very small sandwich hors d’ oeuvres.
     They were all astounding in taste, texture and appearance. The Cedar Key Woman’s Club members who created these delicacies must have impressed all of the members and guests at this wonderful annual event.
     The fun included raffles and door prizes beyond the big quilt win.
     The bite-sized sandwich delights were served on homemade lazy Susans (except there are no lazy Susan members of the CKWC, and so the serving plates were named lazy delights).
     Two of these double-decker handmade ceramic serving dishes were on each table. And two individuals sitting at each table won one.
     From the group of vendors, two of those marketers won lazy delights as well. Those serving dishes won by vendors were provided from the dessert tables. These “lazy delights” were created in the Cedar Key Art Center by CKWC members during ceramics classes.
     Speaking of desserts, the desserts were enough in and of themselves to invest a few hours of the day to taste. And yet, the CKWC fit the desserts in with a fashion show and a petite luncheon.

CKWC Past President Susan Rosenthal stands behind one of the  tables that were covered with fresh, delicious desserts. As the women went by and collected desserts, club members continued to add new desserts – some right out of the refrigerator.

Some fresh fruit

Known locally as Bullseyes or Bulls’ Eyes, these round, refrigerated chocolate-covered peanut butter balls were among the many wonderful desserts.

     This year was CKWC Past President Susan Rosenthal’s sixth year to lead the efforts for the dessert tables.
     There was everything from chilled singular servings of cheesecake, through an assortment of lemon tarts, pecan tarts, brownies, bulls' eyes (peanut butter balls covered in chilled chocolate), pound cake, petits fours (which are also known as mignardises), homemade Baklava, grapes, strawberries, cheeses and cheese that was wrapped with very thin slices of meats.
     Once again, Rosenthal led a team of members to create an extremely enjoyable and memorable, sweet experience.
     The happy and fun event again included women modeling fashions from clothes as well.
     President Moore spoke about how this year’s show came to fruition.
     “As you know,” Moore said, “the Cedar Key calendar has become a very popular souvenir and present. It grew from the original Calendar Girls idea.”
     One night at The Island Hotel club leaders decided to make a year of the CKWC the framework for the show.
     As fate would have it, the means to the end of finding something very new this year led them to choose Belk of Gainesville. Personal shopper Tamara Gordon of Belk helped the CKWC this year, and her service was greatly appreciated.
     Many of the models wound up buying some of the outfits they modeled. During her narration, President Moore mentioned that UPS delivers clothes bought through the Internet from Belk, including shoe sizes that might not be in stock at the Gainesville outlet.
     Each CKWC member-model represented a month, which in the description of the clothes also weaved in information to mirror the great get-togethers that make life in Cedar Key so full of enjoyment and friendships.

In this video, the 12 models, in this order Nita Cox, Kathy Freidenfelds, Chris Black, Joan Selby, Katherine Dunlop, Nancy Reed, Gini Barss, Janie Veltcamp, Karen Decker, Susan Hollandsworth, Marie Evans and Ann Morgan -- pass through the community center in a final walk.

     This year's 12 models for the fashion show were representing each month with a theme relating to the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.
     Following is a list of the models and their months: Nita Cox – January; Kathy Freidenfelds – February; Chris Black – March; Joan Selby –April; Katherine Dunlop – May; Nancy Reed – June; Gini Barss – July; Janie Veltcamp – August; Karen Decker – September; Susan Hollandsworth – October; Marie Evans – November; and Ann Morgan – December.
     This event provided a chance for the club to make presentations to charities as well.
    The presentation of checks reflects some of the good deeds by this particular club.

Holding checks presented to the various groups are (from left) Susan Rosenthal, Susan Hollandsworth, Judy Treharne and Joyce Dehaan. To the right, is CKWC President Jane Moore.

     President Moore presented a check for $1,000 from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club to Joyce Dehaan who represented the Friends of the Cedar Key Public Library.
     President Moore presented a check for $500 from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club to Judy Treharne who represented the Cedar Key Food Pantry.
     President Moore presented a check for $500 from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club Treasurer Susan Hollandsworth for the Cedar Key Community Relief Fund to help people who suffered losses in Hurricane Hermine. This is primarily for gas cards to help people buy gasoline to go to medical appointments.
     President Moore presented a check for $500 from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club to Susan Rosenthal, who is part of the Cedar Key School PTO as well as being a past president of the CKWK, for the Cedar Key School Safety Patrol.
     President Moore presented a check for $1,000 from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club to the Tacky Tourist (Eileen Senecal) for Another Way.

     The Tacky Tourist helped promote this domestic abuse shelter and passed around a can, where many people put cash in it.
     The very end of the program part of the day, although the shopping remained open for an hour or two more, was very well put together.
     The grand final was extraordinary.
     This year the performance at the end of the program was a set of musical dance routines performed as "little people" Judy Duvall and Eileen Senecal.
     Rich Anderson, a local DJ and bartender at 83 West, compiled the music CD for this presentation.
     Duvall and Senecal were mostly behind a black curtain and with help from colleagues they gave the illusion of being very small dancers.
     Serving as the "arms" of these dancing dolls were CKWC members Judy Treharne and Susan Rosenthal.

In this video (and in the still photo below), one small part of a very long set of musical dance performances are shown. Judy Duvall (left) and Eileen Senecal perform, with assistance by 'arms' Judy Treharne and Susan Rosenthal. 

     Multiple award-winning daily and weekly newspaper editor and reporter (and publisher) Jeff M. Hardison shared some insight after the event.
     “I’ve been to at least a few of these 12 annual fashion shows so far in my 10 years in Levy County,” he said. “This year, I was the only man present.”
     The writer said he knew when he was going into this assignment that situation could exist.

Susan Engle Roquemore autographs a book for a woman who bought a copy at this event.

     The writer said he was seated between Becky LaFountain, a relatively new member who knows how to speak French, and Susan Engle Roquemore, a former nurse turned author who has been a CKWC member since 1989.
     Roquemore is the author of books, including Water Under The Number 4 Bridge (1988-1993) and Turn Left At The Osprey Nest. She gives proceeds from her book sales to the CKWC, the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and other charitable interests where those books are sold.
     The event on Thursday afternoon was indeed delightful.

This is the most recent photo by Jane Nogaki - taken March 23, 2017. (Thanks Rodger and Jane) Please see the update from the park manager farther down the page in red. Published March 23, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.

Baby Manatee Seen In State Park

Jane and Rodger Nogaki saw a mother manatee and a newborn calf on Wednesday afternoon (March 22) in the public swimming area of Fanning Springs State Park.

* Update - March 23, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.
Mark Abrizenski, park manager for Fanning Springs State Park, Manatee Springs State Park and the Nature Coast State Trail, said that park rangers and volunteers started manning the shore around the spring swimming area at Fanning Springs State Park to assure that people understand they are not to get into the water with the mother manatee and her calf. Abrizenski called HardisonInk.com on Thursday morning (March 23) to mention that the rangers and volunteers are using teaching methods to help people learn best modes of interaction with manatees. These education opportunities started Wednesday afternoon (March 22) and will continue for the next series of days until or unless mother and calf move out to the Suwannee River. He said he thinks the mother gave birth on Friday (March 17), in the spring run. He bases that on reports from park visitors who saw the animal acting lethargic that day.

The couple said they believe this baby manatee might have been born today. In the photo above, the manatee is at the lower left and swimmers are at the right. Manatees in Florida are protected by both state and federal law. They are protected by two federal laws: The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Manatees are also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978.

People are not supposed to touch or feed manatees in the wild. If you see manatees while swimming, snorkeling, diving, or boating, please follow these suggestions. Look, but don’t touch. Avoid excess noise and splashing. Practice passive observation and observe manatees from above water and at a distance. Resist the urge to feed manatees or give them water. Do not enter designated manatee sanctuaries for any reason. Manatee calves are dependent on their mothers for up to two years. Not only do mothers feed their calves, but they also teach them essential survival skills. Calves that are separated from their mothers may not be reunited. For example, if a mother swims away while a calf is being petted, the calf may not find its way back to her and could ultimately die without her.

Published March 22, 2017 at 8:37 p.m. on the Home Page of HardisonInk.com
Photos by Jane and Rodger Nogaki

Porkahontas wins
Grand Champion Swine
at Suwannee River Fair

Swine Show Grand Champion Kendal Bussard shows off Porkahontas her winning pig. Shown from the left is the breeder, Stephen Cordle (kneeling), Frank Bussard, Kendal Bussard, Judge Paul Wigley and Becky Bussard.

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By Terry Witt, Senior Reporter © March 22, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
A 280-pound hog named Porkahontas, exhibited by Dixie County eighth grader Kendal Bussard, won grand champion in the Suwannee River Fair Monday.

     Anna Ellison of the Dixie County Wranglers 4-H Club won reserve champion with her 260-pound hog.   
     The two pigs were picked from among 233 swine shown at the Suwannee River Fair show barn in Fanning Springs. The competition lasted four and one-half hours.

Swine Show Reserve Champion Anna Ellison (center) is seen here with her winning entry. Shown (from left) are Levi Carr, Susan Jones, Jennifer Johnson, Anna Ellison, Judge Paul Wigley, Jerry Jones and Reggie Gibbs of K&H Show Pigs.

The small army of volunteers who made the swine show run smoothly are pictured above. The swine show is the biggest event at the Suwannee River Fair and requires considerable help from the people in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

Two swine exhibitors gently prod their animals to move past some of the show ring men who were there to guide the animals away from corners and other congested areas.

Chiefland 4-H exhibitors Emma Swain, Aubri Brown, Claire Horne and Ashtyn Brown spend time babysitting their hogs before the big show.

The swine show brought a big crowd of parents, grandparents and other family members.

     Kendal, a Dixie County Middle FFA Chapter exhibitor, said she picked out the hog based on the way she stood and how she looked when she saw the pig at the farm where she was born - Stephen Cordle of Southern Select Showcases.
     “The way she stood and how she looked and how she was grown out; she was very symmetrical,” Kendal said.
     She plans to use money from sale of the pig to help pay for her college education. She wants to major in some phase of agriculture at the University of Florida.
     Her mother Becky Bussard said that raising and training the pig was a family affair with older brother Dillon giving his sister tips on how to show the hog.
     Kendal’s father, Frank Bussard, said winning grand champion was a first for the family.
     “We’re very proud of her,” Frank Bussard said. “We’re very proud of our son helping her and we’re proud of her hard work. It’s what we’ve been working for a lot of years.”
     Conventional wisdom reflects that the odds were learning toward Show Judge Paul Wigley picking a grand champion in the 265- to 270-pound range. Bussard said he was aware of that fact, but he said his daughter’s pig had a big enough frame to carry 290 pounds easily.
     Carrying 280 pounds was a breeze.
     The only problem with the hog was her appetite. Bussard said the hog was gaining 3.7 pounds a day at one point. They had to slow down her feed consumption.
     Kendal said Pokahonotas’ favorite treat was apples. She ate a lot of apples.
     She trained the pig in a fenced area around the house. She took daily walks with Pokahontas to get the hog accustomed to commands with the show stick.
     Wigley, an experienced hog show judge retired from the University of Georgia, and has judged competitions around the United States, including at the SRF before.
     He said the show barn and ring at the Suwannee River Fair are the best he has seen for a county facility. He congratulated the Tri-County community for its outstanding facility.
     Wigley, who had judged hogs in the old Suwannee River Fair show ring, said “This is like going from the outhouse to the penthouse.”
     The crowd chuckled at the comparison and knew exactly what he was talking about. The old facility served the Tri-County community well for decades but was outdated by today’s standards.
     The new facility was constructed thanks to funding by the late Joe H. Anderson Jr., founder of Anderson Columbia Paving Co., one of the most successful highway construction companies in the Southeast United States, along with his family. Anderson was 77 when he passed away on Nov. 29, 2016.
     As for the deciding factors of which swine rated top ranking, Wigley said he looked for pigs that carried soundness in their feet and legs, flexibility and a body type that would provide the most meat when the carcass was butchered.
     “I look for the full package with one that’s real sound; one when you cut the head off will yield a lot of meat,” he said.
     Wigley said he remembers the days when judges tried to pick lean hogs in shows, which as it turned out didn’t match what consumers wanted on their kitchen table. He said the lean hogs didn’t have enough fat to make much bacon or sausage.
     “If you wanted to make sausage you almost had to kill two to get enough fat,” he said. “The consumer housewives said they wanted lean meat but that didn’t match what they bought at the market. The fat’s what keeps the meat from being dry.”

Palmetto police chief
visits murder victim's burial site

Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler (left) and Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson on Monday afternoon (March 20) stand next to Buie Park Road in front of the woods from whence the body was recovered.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 20, 2017 at 8:07 p.m.
Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler came to the site where the body of Tricia Freeman was buried in woods in the city limits of Chiefland on Monday afternoon (March 20).

     Joining Chief Tyler were Palmetto Police Department Capt. Mike Stinson and PPD detectives Chad Oyler and Richard Wilson.
     Chief Tyler and Capt. Stinson said they greatly appreciate the work by the Chiefland Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office that led to the recovery of the body.
     Chief Tyler said Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson and the CPD did everything they could to assist in locating and recovering the body.
     On Saturday night, several Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies and vehicles were brought into action to start the search. The deputies used the Willow Sink Voting Precinct building and parking lot at 6731 N.W. 100th St. as a staging area.
     There is about one murder per year in Palmetto, Chief Tyler said. That is "one murder too many."
     The chief said that although he did not personally know the victim, he "takes it personally when anyone is murdered in Palmetto."
     The visiting police chief said he hopes the state of West Virginia will extradite the suspects before the end of this week.
     While this may seem to be the end of the murder case, Chief Tyler said the Palmetto Police Department still has “a lot more legwork” before this case is closed.


8 steak chefs compete;
Fourth Annual Mr. Loran’s BBQ Contest
winners to be announced tomorrow night

(from left) Judge Larry Turner. Judge Frank Bussard, Co-Superintendent Holly Houghton, Co-Superintendent Muriel Turner and Judge Loran Brookins confer shortly after the start of the event on Sunday (March 19).

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 20, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.
Eight young people entered the fourth year of a barbecue contest where the winners are to be announced at the Awards Night of the 2017 Suwannee River Youth Fair and Livestock Sale and Show, which is also known as the Suwannee River Fair (SRF).

Caden Reed of Dixie County FFA stands near his grill shortly before the start of the contest.

Brooke Batey of Levy County 4-H Bee Club stands near her grill shortly before the start of the contest.

     Young barbecue amateur chefs from Levy and Dixie counties found the Fourth Annual Mr. Loran’s BBQ Contest to be as challenging, fun and exciting as other similar contests, which are primarily 4H events.
     After three years of chicken as the meat to cook, however, sirloin steaks bought from Winn-Dixie are the medium of the day for these culinary artists, SRF Co-Superintendent Dixie County Extension Director Holly Houghton said. The other Mr. Loran’s BBQ Contest Co-Superintendent this year is UF/IFAS Tri-County Family Nutrition Program Manager Muriel Turner.
     The judges this year are SRF President Loran Brookins, for whom the contest is named, Larry Turner and Frank Bussard.

Gilbert Gossett of Levy County 4-H Bee Club stands near his grill shortly before the start of the contest.

Jacob Kline of Chiefland FFA stands near his grill shortly before the start of the contest.

Burlynne Mejeris of Cedar Key FFA stands near her grill shortly before the start of the contest.

Hunter Sharp  of Chiefland FFA stands near his grill shortly before the start of the contest.

Hannah Quincey of Chiefland FFA stands near her grill shortly before the start of the contest.

Sam Mills of Chiefland FFA stands near his grill shortly before the start of the contest.

     Held Sunday (March 19) as the SRF continued its series of events for the year, Mr. Loran's BBQ Contest showed four Senior Division contestants and four Junior Division competitors this year.
     In the Senior Division (14-18 years old) are Gilbert Gossett, 15, of the Levy County 4-H Bee Club; Jacob Kline, 14, of Chiefland FFA; Sam Mills, 14, of Chiefland FFA; and Hannah Quincey, 15, of Chiefland FFA.
     Making barbecue sirloin steaks in competition with others grillers in the Junior Division (8-13 years old) were Brooke Batey, 12, of Levy County 4-H Bee Club; Burlynne Mejeris, 13, of Cedar Key FFA; Caden Reed, 12, of Dixie County FFA; and Hunter Sharp, 12, of Chiefland FFA.
     Houghton said the fair purchased 10 sirloin steaks for $50 from Winn-Dixie, and the SRF appreciates the price break for the event. Rather than filet mignon or ribeye steaks, sirloin was the type of steak chosen for the contest.
     Houghton explained this allowed for the best odds of creating equal cuts of meat for the competitors. One ribeye might have more marbling than another, she said, and this might give one chef an advantage over another.
     As for filet mignon, making the steaks turn out to be medium or medium rare may be more of a challenge for this type of steak, and it may include the need to butterfly-cut the steaks.
     Next year, at the Fifth Annual Mr. Loran’s BBQ Contest, Houghton said, there may be barbecue pork chops as the meat. This is not yet decided. What may potentially happen, she said, is a rotation of different meats each year.

Brooke Batey is seen in the foreground as flames start the charcoal destined to cook the steak she is cooking. Meanwhile, Caden Reed contemplates timing of charcoal ignition for the process.

Burlynne Mejeris watches as her charcoal ignites.

In this video, Hunter Sharp ignites his charcoal.

     Not only do the competitors have uniform starting meats, but the temperature of the steak is one of the deciding factors in the steak-cooking barbecue contest.
     Steak serving temperature is important for food safety, Houghton said.
    Judges Brookins, Bussard and Larry Turner checked everything from the start of the fires to the conclusion of steak barbecuing two hours later. In contrast with the chicken barbecue contest, the time for cooking the steak was less. Therefore, steak BBQ chefs needed to time the marinating of the steaks, the starting of the charcoal and timing of the cooking of the steaks.
     The level of inspections for this barbecue cooking contest is extensive.
     There are three main categories – Cooking Skills; Sensory Evaluation; and Participant Preparation.
     Among the Cooking Skills questions were: are the equipment and utensils practical, efficient, complicated and appropriately arranged? Are the chef and equipment appropriate initially and while cooking? Was 4-H represented? In starting the fire, was skill demonstrated and was it safe? Was there excessive smoke or flame? In preparing the steak for cooking, were safe handling and cutting methods exercised? Were there safe techniques applied for marinating-rubbing? In the Sensory Evaluation phase, the color, uniformity, ash speckling were reviewed. Temperature, texture, flavor and after flavor were among the aspects that were judged. In the Particpant Preparation judgments the questions asked were – was the participant on time? Was the registration form completed? Was the project record sheet completed?

Hannah Quincey prepares to cook.

Sam Mills sits relatively confident in his skill level for cooking barbecue sirloin steaks in competition.

     The winners of this contest are anticipated to be announced at the Awards Night program, which is tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 21) at 7 p.m. in the SRF Indoor Arena-Stadium.
          This contest is designed to develop skills in food safety, the preparation and use of meat products in nutrition. Safe preparation practices and good food hygiene are primary goals. Of course, taste is also a factor for the diner.
     This year's sponsor is the Palms Medical Group.
     There will be one winner from all 8 contestants who will, for the first time in this competition, earn an Individual Belt Buckle.
     There are also ribbons in Junior and Senior for First through Sixth places and cash awards for some places, at the discretion of the SRF.

Judges Frank Bussard (left) and Loran Brookins mark forms as they travel along the path of barbecue competitors on Sunday.

Judge Larry Turney strolls toward a barbecue contestant's area clipboard in hand, ready to evaluate....

Gilbert Gossett demonstrates a method for starting charcoal without starter fluid. There are many finer points in the art of barbecue that might make a difference in taste. Here, there is the removal of any potential for petroleum taste in the steak.

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Eighty-Sixth Jingle Performer

Bob Tremberger sings the HardisonInk.com jingle on Feb. 8, 2017 as he sits in the dining room area of The Inkpad, in the unrecorded subdivision known as Jemlands in unincorporated Levy County. Yes, this dining area is relatively close to the Code Orange Office. The Wizard of Oz Singers have gone to the video archives. For people who want to see almost any videos previously published on HardisonInk.com, please click HERE and look around. Each jingle performer or set of performers brings his or her, or their (when it is two or more performers) own special something to the jingle. If you see Jeff Hardison and you want to sing the jingle, just let him know or send an email to hardisonink@gmail.com. He asks people to sing it, too, and some of them agree to sing it. (Thanks people!)
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