By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — Recently, 4-H members and leaders showed their talents and skills in several contests that were held as part of the Franklin County 4-H Fair.
In the baking contest, where a Whoopie pie recipe had to be followed, Faith Dexter placed first in Division IV, 15-18 year old. Mia Willingham was named first in Division III, 12-14 year old.
Pencils and paints were used to create the pieces entered in the art contest. Wiekko Sillanpaa placed first in Division I, 5-8 year old. Amber Smith placed first and Josh Mulcahy placed second in Division II, 9-11 year old. Hannah Mulcahy placed first and Mia Willingham second in Division III. Cindy Willingham placed first in Division V, over 18 years.
The photography contest found both colored and black and white entries. Amber Smith placed first in Division II. Mia Willingham placed first, Hannah Mulcavy placed second and Jack Sullivan placed third in Division III. Faith Dexter placed first and Jarred Winslow placed second in Division IV. Cindy Willingham placed first and Dawn Mulcavy placed second in Division V.
Saturday afternoon teams 4-H members worked together in teams for the 4-H Fair Cook-Off. Under adult supervision, teams of 2-4 youth prepared, cooked on a grill and served a meal to the judges. Each team could use their choice of beef, lamb or chicken for the “Maine” meat. Four ounces of Chevre, goat cheese provided by From The Country Farm in Leeds, also had to be used by each team.
All cooking materials except for the cheese had to be provided by the team members. All food preparation and cooking had to be done on site.
Winning first place was JMM Team. Members Grace and Mia Willingham and Maelyn Leighton made mini beef Wellingtons.
Second place was awarded The Terrific Trio. Faith Dexter, Rachel Maxim and Hannah Mulcahy prepared a vegetarian option of spinach burgers with bean salad.
Third place went to the New England Guernsey Club. Bradley Smith, Mariah Johnson, Samantha Davis and Alyssa Rowe, grilled stuffed peppers.
Fourth place went to the Blue Ribbon Club with members Mason Rowe, Kaden Lane and Parker Hanscom.
In fifth place was the team of Nicholas Rowe, Madison White, Olivia Thayer and JR Lane.
Judges for the cook-off were Diane Ellis and Nichole Ernest.