Etcetera - 04/04/12

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Tim Metler, owner of Beaumont Ridge Iris Garden and president of the Milton-Freewater Iris Society, will talk about the care and cultivation of irises during a meeting of the Walla Walla Chapter American Rose Society, said Genie Crowe, secretary.

The meeting will be tonight at 7 in the Walla Walla Public Schools Office meeting room, 346 S. Park St. Call 509-382-2151 for more details.

Walla Walla Community College culinary arts students earned a bronze medal in the American Culinary Federation's Western Regional Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl March 12-14 in Sparks, Nev.

The gold medal was won by a team from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wash.

The "Jeopardy"-style competition took place during the 2012 ACF Western Regional Conference at John Ascuaga's Nugget. Also garnering a bronze was a team from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California-Sacramento.

Six student teams from Alaska, California, Colorado and Washington competed for the Western Region title. As regional champions, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology team will compete for the national title against three other winning regional teams at the 2012 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July. The highest scorer will be named the national winner.

WWCC students -- all members of ACF Northwest Wine Country Chapter -- who competed were Catherine Chapman, Kathleen Claymore, Nicole Hardin, Heidi Varney and Mark Young. Their coach is Gregory Schnorr.

Hundreds of chefs, food service professionals and students attended the culinary conference in Sparks, according to a release.

During Cindy Granger's program talk to members of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club, she gave a brief sketch of the Milton-Freewater Junior Show.

Active in all its facets, she showed as a child and now helps prepare the premium book, accepts entries and is chairwoman of the livestock auction.

Junior Show will be May 7-13 and features home economics judging, style review, dog, horse and big and small livestock showing. It concludes with a livestock auction of 4-H and FFA members' market exhibits.

Junior Show was first held on Sept. 29, 1929, at Fruitdale.

In June 1971 Junior Show bought the seven acres that make up its current location. It operates on a $13,000 budget, totally self-supporting, through annual fundraisers and the concession stand. In 2011 there were 433 exhibitors and 2,053 individual entries. The auction of 169 animals brought in $14,369.54.

Many civic leaders and others volunteer in support of the organization. For more details, see www.mfjrshow.com.

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