If you're one of the state's good amateur cooks armed with a great beef recipe that features one of beef's 29 lean cuts, it's time to enter the State Fair Beef Cook-Off, says Karla Pazour, event chairperson.
"We'd love anyone who enjoys cooking to participate," says Pazour. "The State Fair is a true South Dakota affair, with competition in everything from horticulture to livestock breeds. The Beef Cook-Off is one more friendly competition featuring grills, skillets and beef."
Entries and recipes for the State Fair Beef Cook-Off, which is held September 3 at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, are due August 1. The contest is open to non-professional South Dakota residents in either the youth division (10-18 years) or adult division (19 and older). Beef recipes submitted must feature a main meal entrée appropriate for entertaining or special occasion meals. Judging is based on taste, appearance, originality, nutrition and ease of preparation. The winner of the youth division will receive a $250 cash prize, while the adult division winner will take home $500 in cash. There are also honorable mentions.
Individuals selected to compete will actually prepare their beef entrée in a public area during the Beef Cook-Off, allowing participants to interact with state fair attendees. Judges are kept in a secluded location and recipes are judged completely on the finished product, not on cooking procedures.
Hosted by the South Dakota Cattle Women and funded by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council through the Beef Checkoff, the State Fair Beef Cook-Off is an excellent way, says Pazour, to educate consumers on the 29 lean cuts of beef along with beef's versatility, ease of preparation and excellent taste.
For more information and to print off an entry form for the State Fair Beef Cook-Off, go to www.sdbeef.org or www.sdstatefair.com. Entry forms and recipes must be submitted by August 1 to Pat Blum, State Fair Beef Cook-Off Committee, 23982 340th Ave., Reliance, SD 57569. Finalists will be selected and notified by Aug. 19. Any additional questions about the contest can be directed to Pazour at 605-894-4490.