4-H'ers compete in annual Small Animal Cookoff

REED CITY — Osceola County 4-H'ers did their best to create culinary dishes tasty enough to win first prize during the 22nd Annual Small Animal Cookoff event on Saturday at Reed City Middle School.

Contestants Desiree Reed, Tanner Ryan and Amelia Ward were given the task to cook a variety of dishes using rabbit, poultry, eggs or goat, among a variety of seasonings and techniques. The food was served to a panel of four judges and scored.

Each category was divided into three age divisions —  senior, intermediate and junior.

Reed, part of the senior division, created a dish called Bunny Burgers, which is a burger made of rabbit and sausage.

Ward, who competed in the junior division, cooked a dish dubbed Egyptian Eggs, which includes an egg on toast topped with cheese.

Ryan, in the intermediate division, created two dishes, including turkey Parmesan meatballs and a cream puff pie.

The competition, hosted by the Osceola 4-H Small Animal Association, is meant to be an educational experience for the participants. Throughout the years, the association has compiled recipes into a cookbook which is available for purchase from the Osceola County 4-H office.