The 11th annual Holiday Bake-Off brought out 111 entries by 62 different youth participants! It was great to see the enthusiasm and creativity of Suwannee County 4-H members. Unlike traditional 4-H projects/contests where youth must do all the work themselves, this annual contest strongly encourages the adults to work with the youth to complete their delicious entries.
After all entries were received, 21 judges from across the local community entered Exhibition II at the Suwannee County Fairgrounds to taste, discuss and decide on the best in 12 different categories. Each winner received a Golden Spoon award, and then from those 12 categories, an overall best in show was chosen. That overall best in show winner was also the recipient of the coveted Giant Golden Spoon. Cloverbuds, youth aged 5-7 years old, were also able to enter and received miniature golden spoons for their participation.
Taylor Clement, of the Suwannee Young Riders, secured the Giant Golden spoon by dazzling the judges with her cheesecake cupcakes made to resemble Santa’s hat with a strawberry topping off each cupcake. The rest of the categories and their winners were as follows: Appetizers – Makenzie Greaves, Goin’ Showin’; Breads – Macie Carnahan, Suwannee Trailblazers; Brownies/Bar Cookies – Destiny Fennell, Goin’ Showin; Cakes – Laura Cumbess, Just Kiddin’; Candies – Chloe Walker, Florida Sherriff’s Youth Ranch; Cookies – Laura Cumbess, Just Kiddin’; Decorated Cakes – Dixie Corbin, Rascally Rabbits; Gingerbread – Lara Croft, Just Kiddin’; Lite Recipes – Seth Greaves, Goin’ Showin’; Pies – Dixie Corbin, Rascally Rabbits; Specialty Items – Lara Croft, Just Kiddin’.
With community service being a critical component of 4-H, participants of the Holiday Bake-Off were encouraged to bring gifts to donate to Love INC. Through those efforts, about 30 gifts were donated. At the end of the evening, all the food is packaged up and also given to Love INC to bring a little joy to those who may need it during the holiday season.
Congratulations to all participants and Golden Spoon Winners! This was another fantastic year for all those involved. Special thanks to all the judges from the community for taking time out of your schedules to support the youth in Suwannee County. Be on the lookout to see how Suwannee County 4-H members do in the upcoming County Event contests.
S. Derby Sale is the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in Suwannee County. UF/IFAS Extension is an equal opportunity institution.