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Grundy County Fair & Grundy County Farm Bureau is holding a cooking contest

March 29, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY COUNTY-An outdoor cooking contest designed to promote Iowa meat is being planned by the Grundy County Farm Bureau and the Grundy County Fair.

Farm Bureau's cookout contest is open to any Iowa resident age 13 years or older. Farm Bureau or affiliated company employees are not eligible.

Contestants can compete in one of the following six categories: beef, pork, lamb, poultry, turkey or combo/specialty. Combo is a recipe combining two or more meats from the eligible meat categories. Specialty includes IOWA domestically raised meats including venison, goat and fish etc. excluding wild game.

A Cookout Champion will be named and awards will be given to winners in each cooking category. Special recognition will also go to winners of the showmanship, youth and team cooking categories.

The county contest will be held on July 22nd on the Grundy County Fairgrounds. Exhibitors can begin cooking on the fairgrounds at any time but all cooking must be done at the fairgrounds. Judging will be held at 1 p.m. and winners announced with the help of Grundy Center's own celebrity judge BJ Hoffman, the National Pork Check-Off's Top Chop Griller.

The Cookout Champion, along with all first place category winners and winners of the showmanship, youth and team awards will have the chance to compete in the state finals at the Iowa State Fair on August 15, 2017.

Anyone interested in entering the Grundy County Farm Bureau cookout contest should contact the county office at 319-824-5212 by July 7, 2017. Detailed information including entry forms and scorecards can be found on the Grundy County Fair's website:

The entire 2017 Fair Schedule will be released soon. Visit our Facebook page at for more details or visit our website at The Grundy County Fair: Family, Fun & Friends, July 18-23, 2017!



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