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4-H window decorating, Iron Chef winners listed

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County 4-H Clubs celebrated Ohio 4-H Week March 7-13 by decorating local storefronts to spread the word about everything 4-H has to offer.

The 2021 top 10 windows were: Free Spirits and Appalachian 4-Hers, first-place tie; Town and Country, third; Purple Circle, fourth; 4-H Varieties, fifth; Liberty Gals and Guys, sixth; Windy Ridge, seventh; Golden Horseshoe, eighth; Wildwood Critters, ninth; and Warren Ridge Wranglers, 10th.

Businesses allowing clubs to use their storefronts are appreciated, according to Leslie Aftanas, 4-H/agriculture and natural resource, program assistant.

In addition to the window decorating contest, clubs held their annual Iron Chef competition virtually this year. With scorecards focused on ingredient knowledge, presentation, place mats and the use of the secret ingredient, rather than on taste, teams completed Zoom interviews with the judges. The results were:

Breakfast Individual

First: Autumn Grafton (4-H Varieties) Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast

Breakfast Team

First, Joseph and Madison Taylor (4-H Varieties) Cheesy Egg Bites; second, Olivia and Atreyu Dudley (Warren Ridge Wranglers) Southern Comfort Breakfast Ring; third, Amelia Ault, Olivia Ault, Abigail Kinney, Leila Sudvary (Broken Fences) Greek Omelet; fourth, Hayleigh Carlier and McKenna Halicky (Windy Ridge) Blackberry Crepes; and fifth, Katie and Libbey Rivers (Country Rangers) Blueberry Ricotta Crostini.

Individual Main Dish

First, Aubrey Duggan (Cross Creek Tomahawks) Reuben; second, Aubrey Hepburn (Warren Ridge Wranglers) Stuffed Shells; third, Noah Graham (4-H Varieties) Gluten Free Lobster Pizza; fourth, Aiden Cooper (Happy Hooves and Fancy Feathers) Cheesy Lasagna; fifth, Cameron Kerkuta (Happy Hooves and Fancy Feathers) Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta; and sixth, Denvar Nelson (Warren Ridge Wranglers) Haven’s Heavenly Grilled Cheese.

Main Dish Team

First, Ava Aftanas, Bryden and Avery Kittle (Cross Creek Tomahawks) Fettuccine Alfredo Broccoli and Grilled Chicken; second, Christian, Chandler and Clara Hoffman (Liberty Gals and Guys) Mac and Cheese Balls; third, Madison and Brody Zeroski (Windy Ridge) Broccoli and Cheese Soup; fourth, Brianna and Kaitlynn Merkel (Country Rangers) Cheesy Meatball Soup; fifth, Addie Erwin and Rhiannon Jones (Windy Ridge) Mac and Cheese Bundt; sixth, J.P. Wilson, Ava Smith and Thomas Smith (Cross Creek Tomahawks) Pac Man Pizza; and seventh, Pressley Snodgrass and Harper Bray (Ribbons and Wranglers) Fried Mozzarella.

Dessert Individual

First, Danica Scott (Warren Ridge Wranglers) Goat Cheese Mousse with Strawberries, and second, Emma Burr (4-H Varieties) Triple-cheese cheesecake w/ Biscoff Crust.

Dessert Team

First, Mya Keenan (Country Classics) and Blair Allison (Wildwood Critters) Italian Lemon Olive Oil Cake with mascarpone filling, and lemon curd; second, Jasmine and Chasity Stewart (Warren Ridge Wranglers) Cheesecake Cookie Bars; third, Alayna and Karly Starr (Happy Hooves and Fancy Feathers), Easy Peasy Creamy Cheesy Peanut Butter Fudge; fourth, Delia Wetherell and Neveah Sanders (Liberty Gals and Guys) 4th of July Fruit Pizza; and fifth, Coleman and Catalina Holly, Katelin and Crystal Wilson, Emileah Booth (Broken Fences), Cheesecake w/ Raspberry Topping.

In addition to regular Iron Chef, non-competitive Cloverbuds ages 5-8, made cheeseballs. They received a certificate and ribbon for participation and a bead for their necklace.

The Ohio State Extension office was to be set up at the Fort Steuben Mall through today until 6 p.m. and will be accepting new 4-H members. 4-H members can be accepted at the age of 5 as a Cloverbud, and a full 4-Her at age 9 or in third grade. Membership ends at age 18. 4-H projects vary from sewing, photography, gardening, first aid, gun safety, bicycling and collectables to large animals and small animals such as hamsters. Representatives will have market animal tags for pick-up for those youth already enrolled in a livestock project. For information, call (740) 264-2212.

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