SD State Fair Beef Cook-Off Contest announced |

SD State Fair Beef Cook-Off Contest announced

The South Dakota State Fair will be the site for the 2009 SD Beef Cook-Off Contest sponsored by the SD CattleWomen’s Association with support from the SD Beef Industry Council. Amateur cooks are invited to compete in the First Annual State Fair Beef Cook-Off Friday, September 4th in Huron.

“Beef reigns in South Dakota and the SD State Fair is the perfect backdrop for home cooks to show their sizzle for beef while competing for cash prizes,” explains Beef Cook-Off Chairman Karla Pazour with the SD CattleWomen’s Association. The contest is open to all non-professional cooks; men and women, ages ten and older. Contestants may be beef producers or not own beef – but must love the convenience and versatility of a tasty beef meal.

The 2009 State Fair Beef Cook-Off will consist of two categories; Beef Salads and Fast Family Favorites. Each of the categories has two age divisions: Youth (10-18) and Adult (19 and older). “We are looking for beef recipes that reflect the simple style of how today’s active and busy consumers cook,” says Pazour.

A grand prize of $500 will be awarded to both the adult Beef Salad and Fast Family Favorites winners. The top youth winners in each category will receive $250. Eight Honorable Mention winners will also be awarded. The cash prizes are made possible through the one-dollar per head Beef Checkoff Program.

Recipes for the State Fair Beef Cook-Off must be submitted and postmarked by August 5th. Multiple recipes may be submitted. Rules and entry forms for the 2009 State Fair Beef Cook-Off can be found at and Entries and recipes should be mailed to Karla Pazour, 25725 350th Avenue, Pukwana, SD 57370.

The SD CattleWomen funded by South Dakota beef producers with Beef Checkoff dollars hosts the contest. For more information contact Karla Pazour, Pukwana, at (605) 894-4490; Nancy Neuhauser, Midland at (605) 567-3328; or Lisa Dorschner, Pierre, at (605) 280-6339.

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