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Second Clay County Fair Beef Cook-off takes place

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Judges for the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair Beef Cook-off (from left) State Representative Bob Heaton, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton and WTHI Chief Meteorologist David Wire take tastes from one of the eight burgers they judged Sunday at the event. [Order this photo]
Since last year, it has grown four times in size.

Last year, the Clay County Beef Cattle Association sponsored its first Beef Cook-off at the Clay County Fair.

Only two people took part in the contest.

This year, it has grown to eight.

"People realized what it is and saw that it was fun," Clay County Beef Cattle Association representative Josh Butt said. "We provide the meat and they provide everything else."

There were two divisions, adult and youth, in this year's contest. The winner in each division received a $50 prize from the association. Second-place earned $25.

Taking part in the Youth Division were Elliott Stallcop, 12, and Ryan Cole, 11.

Stallcop won with his Italian burger, served with Swiss cheese.

"I have fun cooking," Stallcop said, adding he has been cooking since he was 5. "I really like it. I love to cook and both of us will walk away with (money)."

Taking part in the Adult Division this year were Erica Stallcop, Eric Anders, Fred Froderman, Susan Maurer, Joel Cole and Bret Stallcop.

Maurer won the division with her Herb burger, created with herbs from her own garden, while Froderman placed second.

Judges this year included State Representative Bob Heaton, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton and WTHI Chief Meteorologist David Wire.

They judged and delivered points in six categories, including patty shape, patty appearance, condition of finished product, taste, fixings, and presentation.

Participants were deducted one point for being five minutes or less late and one point for every minute late after five minutes.

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