EXPO 2019: May 16 - 19
Helping educate for tomorrow's agriculture
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Youth Cookoff

2019 Cookoff Details


Thank you to Salmon Run Farms of Sabattus, ME for generously sponsoring this year's Cookoff ! 

Try your hand at cooking!

Teams of 3-6 Youth will be supplied with three required ingredients. All three of these items must be incorporated into a complete meal for the panel of judges.
This year your recipe must include ground pork, Cabot cheddar cheese, and honey
. Thank you to Windham Butcher Shop, Cabot Cheese, and Donaldson Family Farms!

One adult supervisor per team needs to be present for safety precautions (i.e. lighting grill), but cannot assist in preparing food.

**** Please prepare three small (sample size servings) of your meal (one per judge),  as well as one regular sized plate for your presentation/display.

  • Anything that needs to be cooked must be done on a grill. (no electrical appliances) 
  • Teams must present dish to judges as a group, explain their dish and be prepared to answer questions.
  • Required ingredients will be supplied at the beginning of the cookoff.
  • Youth must bring everything they will need to prepare dish (required ingredients are supplied), including grill. No open fires or dug pits will be permitted.
  • All preparation including cutting may not be done prior to the start of competition.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be used in the recipe, presentation or be served to the judges. (Exception: cooking wine that may be used in marinating or meat preparation)
Judging Breakdown:
Score cards will be given to the judges. Winners will be determined by the following breakdown:
Creativity: 20 points
Teamwork: 30 points
Taste: 25 points
Presentation/Discussion with judges: 15 points
Visual Appeal of Meal: 10

Total:100 points

Other Contests

Posters and Photos will be on display during the banquet Saturday evening. 

All contests are open to ages 6-21 
(Some classes may have different lower age limits)

Poster Contest

Create a poster promoting NELE and all it stands for (e.g. connecting Maine farmers to buyers, educating youth, informing the public about agriculture).  One poster from each age division will compete for overall. The overall winning poster will be used for 2017 Expo promotion! Age divisions will be determined by the number of entries received.

All posters must be turned into the Expo Livestock Office by 10 am Saturday May 20, 2017.


·      All posters must be 14" X 22"

·      Computer Graphics are allowed, but NO copyrighted material may be used.

·      Must promote all aspects of the Expo

·      Only one poster per youth

·      No 3-dimensional posters

Scoring Breakdown

·      Promotion of the Expo: 25 points

·      Creativity: 10 points

·      Originality: 5 points

·      Overall Presentation: 10 points

       Total:50 points

Photo Contest

Judging will be in two categories. Age divisions will be determined by the number of entries received.

   1. Standard agricultural photo

   2. Humorous agricultural photo


• All photos must be 5"x 7" size and in a mat / frame for display

• There is a limit of 2 entries for each category.

• Photos must have been taken by the entrant!

All photos must be submitted to the Livestock Office before 10 am on Saturday, May 20, 2017. 

Farmers Olympics - Friday  Evening

Come on down to the new and improved Farmer's Olympics, held in the Pulling Ring after dinner on Friday evening. Adults...we need you to participate as well!! This year's theme might be something to do with chores before school.....

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