FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 45 kids from seven different South Mississippi counties were at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Complex competing in the annual 4-H Cook-Out Contest Wednesday.
Prizes were given out in three categories: beef, poultry and pork.
"They're gaining cooking skills of course, but they are also gaining some grilling skills," said Tawnya Holliman, Forrest County extension agent. "They're using safety skills as it deals with fire, charcoal and lighter fluid, and also food safety skills in making sure that they don't cross contaminate food when they're cooking outside.
Holliman said the event takes place every summer and it gives contestants some time throughout the year to perfect their recipes and their skills.
"It gives them a little friendly competition and they are also learning at the same time and that's the 4H motto it's to learn by doing," she said.
The Overall Beef category champion was nine-year-old Elliot Turbyfill of Waynesboro.
Turbyfill described the competition as "very nerve racking."
Judging was done on presentation, watching contestants light the grill, food safety and taste.