Winners of the Youth Division – Front: Alex Crookshanks (left) and Zach Hamrick; with the judges Back: Woody Hanna (left), Steven Halliday and Todd Ramboldt
The 10th Annual Venison Cooking Contest, Bingo, and Auction was a huge success this year with a record breaking total of $7,000 raised for youth going to Greenbrier County 4-H Camp. Woody Hanna, Greenbrier County Commissioner, Steven Halliday, Main Dining room Chef at The Greenbrier, and Todd Ramboldt, Bank of Monroe, graciously volunteered their time to judge the venison entries this year.
Zach Hamrick, a member of the Greenbrier County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club, took first place in the youth division of the venison cook off with his “Burri-does.” Second place was earned by Alex Crookshanks, a member of the Smoot Hilltop Smokies 4-H Club followed by Terry Tyler in third place. The Adult division was led by Erin Lore with her “Tenderloin Steak and Homemade Bread.” Second Look Thrift Shop snagged second place and third place was awarded to Haley Null. Prizes for the winners of the Venison Cooking Contest were sponsored by Second Creek Campground, Pyramid Counseling, Spikes N’ Splinters Construction, Dr. Joseph Vaughan and Terri Ramboldt.
Vicky Neel and her family in conjunction with Mark Cunnigham and the Fairlea Fire Department coordinated the first Bingo Fundraiser with this event which brought in over 100 participants. Prizes for the Bingo were themed by Home Demonstrator items donated by the following local demonstrators: Arbonne, Sara Irons; Nita Johnson; Avon, Drema Atkins; BeautiControl, Nikki Dotson; Celebrating Home, Janice Deem; Becky Hinkle; Susan Wade; Gold Canyon, Vickey Neel; Jockey, Shannon Warren; Longaberger, Janice Glasser; Mary Kay, Susan Dodd; Mary Kay, Randi Nikolas; Mary Kay, Diana Godby; Miche Bag, Betty Long; Pampered Chef, Christi Boothe; Premier Design, Melanie Austin; Premier Design, Linda VanReenan; Scentsy, Stacie Counts; Silpada, April Street; Susan Wade; Gold Canyon, Vickey Neel; Jockey, Shannon Warren; Longaberger, Janice Glasser, Mary Kay, Susan Dodd; Mary Kay, Randi Nikolas; Mary Kay, Diana Godby; Miche Bag, Betty Long; Pampered Chef, Christi Boothe; Premier Design, Melanie Austin; Premier Design, Linda VanReena; Scentsy, Stacie Counts; Silpada, April Street; Silpada, Pam Dransfield; Simply Said, Twila Booze; Squared Creations, Amy Martin Knapp; Tastefully Simple, Judy Judy; Simply Said, Ivy Morgan; Thirty-One, Drema Atkins; Thirty-One, Wanda Callison; Thirty-One, Nicole DeHaven; and Thirty-One, Tricia Hoover.
The Annual Auction went off without a hitch once again with the help of donations from these devoted Greenbrier County 4-H supporters: 50 East Restaurant, Madison Withrow, Ace Adventures, Judith Williams, All About Beauty, The Bakery, Amy Martin Knapp, M&M Used Cars, Appalachian Tire, The Mason Jar Restaurant, B Sweet Confectionary, Nails to Tails Pet Spa, Bill Davis, Northstar Farm, Brianne Williams, DVM & Lance McClintic, Organ Cave 4-H Helpers, Brown’s Photography, Pam West, B’s Country Primitives, Pocahontas County Country Club, Caldwell Country Clovers, Central Willing Workers, Ronceverte RAD, Charmco Amish Food Market, Chevelle Hardiman, Shari O’Day Mann, First Tracts Realty- David Simmons, SJ Neathawk, Dr. and Mrs. John Tomlinson Sr., Smoot Hilltop Smokies 4-H, Southern States, Emily Viers, Fairlea Fire Department, Stacey Goodwin, Food & Friends, Stop In Food Stores, Frankford Jr. Trailblazers, Sunny Delite Tanning, GC Sharp Shooters, Suzanne Williams, Gillespies, Tarra Holliday, Greenbrier Valley Fitness, Haley Null, Hersmans Safety Products, The Esquire, Holly Boggs, The Greenbrier Hotel, Jeannie Brenneman, The Tomato House, Jennifer Williams Ervin, Pharm-D, Union Outfitters, Jerri Gillespie, Williamsburg Flying Falcons, Jo Long, Wolf Creek Gallery, and Lisa Hudnall.
Many thanks go to all volunteers, participants, and supporters of this event. All proceeds from the event will help provide Greenbrier County youth with the opportunity to attend an affordable, educational, safe, and fun camp this summer. This year’s Venison Cooking Contest, Auction, and Bingo will be a hard one to top, but Greenbrier County 4-H will keep on “Making the Best Better.” If you couldn’t make it to the event this year, join the fun in 2015! For more information on how to volunteer at Greenbrier County 4-H Camp or other ways you can help support youth in Greenbrier County 4-H please call WVU Extension in Greenbrier County, 304-647-7408, or email 4-H Extension Agent Robin Haynes at or Emily Cross at .