Seasonings: Teen takes top prizes at Lincoln Fair

July 14, 2004|EMILY TOADVINE

With 4-H activities and sports, the Kirkpatrick family stays on the go. They lived at last week's Lincoln County Fair because they were involved in several activities there.

Charlotte Kirkpatrick, who served as the fair's director of youth events, rattles off a list that includes overseeing the pedal pull competition, pizza-eating competition, working the entrance gate and concession stand and watching her 11-year-old daughter, Leanne, in a spelling bee competition.

"It's just fun, fun, fun," she says.

For her 15-year-old son, Chase, the fair was a chance to pocket some prize money for his baking skills.

Charlotte Kirkpatrick says her son rarely cooks, but he makes an exception at fair time. This is his fourth year to participate.

"The money motivated him. Honestly, when he has time he does like to make sweets. He's not big on anything else," she says, noting that Chase always is in charge of a dessert at the fellowship dinners at their church, Stanford Christian.


Chase captured the division champion title in breads and foods in 4-H competition. He entered cornmeal muffins, banana bread, peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies and apple cinnamon bread. He competed in cornmeal muffins and oatmeal in open division.

His mother says she was amazed when she saw all the ribbons on his entries.

"I was thrilled. I said, 'Who is he taking after?' My husband is a great cook but he's not a baker and I'm just a get-it-doner."

Chase, who will be a sophomore at Lincoln County High School, started baking after participating in a one-day cooking workshop on baking breads and cookies at the extension office.

Many of the recipes he used for the fair were taken from 4-H cookbooks. Chase has been involved with 4-H since he was 8.

"I was a 4-H'er and was a 4-H leader before he was born. His dad and his grandmother also were 4-H'ers," Charlotte Kirkpatrick says of his father, Tommy Kirkpatrick, and grandmother, Anna Lee Kirkpatrick.

In addition to cooking, Chase also is involved with talk meets sponsored by 4-H. Charlotte Kirkpatrick says 4-H instills youth with good values.

"There's nothing bad about 4-H. I can't say enough about it. He's learned public speaking. He learned responsibility with his projects. He's learned leadership. He's a junior counselor at the camp in the summer."

Chase says he likes 4-H for the variety it offers.

"I like all the different things you can do. It's open and you can do what you like. You can explore and find things you do like to do."

He especially likes the week he spends at 4-H camp. He looks forward to this summer, when he will be a junior counselor for a second year. At camp, he "makes sure kids do what they need to do."

He isn't sure how much money he made from his cooking, but he knows that some of his profits are spent.

"I guess I'll have to pay for some of the ingredients I bought."

Of all the many items he made for the fair, he ranks the banana nut bread as his favorite.

"The bananas need to be really ripe," he says, noting that he uses two or three for each batch.

With all the baking, he did experience some problems in the kitchen.

"I used the wrong kind of flour, but it wasn't too big of a deal. I used all-purpose instead of self-rising," he says.

All the measurements involved in cooking may come into play with Chase's career plans. He is considering becoming a pharmacist.

Even though his mother was tired from the nightly ventures to the fair, Chase says he liked the pace.

"I like getting to see everybody that you don't see because school is out."

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