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Rural Extension Agent: 49th Annual DeWitt County Pecan Show results

Nov. 29, 2011 at 5:29 a.m.

Scott Willey, left, Fayette County Extension Agent; and Paul Hajovsky, Fayette County pecan grower, judging the 49th Annual DeWitt County Pecan Show.

By Anthony Netardus

The 49th Annual DeWitt County Pecan Show was Nov. 15, at the Friar Ag Center in the Cuero City Park.

There were 61 entries coming from DeWitt, Victoria and Lavaca counties with 27 of these entries advancing to the regional show.

The regional show will be in Brenham, on Dec. 12-13.

The annual pecan show is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service of DeWitt County and the pecan show committee. Committee members helping this year were Kernell Moritz, Mark Vavrusa, Velma Williams, Walter Williams, James Rother, Mae Rother, Roel Chacon, Alicia Chacon, Bill Braden, John Guevara and Diane Guevara. Also helping out were Marvin Bade, Diana Weise, Marlene Rangnow and Alfred Rangnow.

The grand champions in each of the three divisions received a $25 cash award donated by the Cuero Pecan House and William and Mary Beth Finney.

The results of the show are as follows:

Classic Division

Grand Champion: Prilop Variety by Connie Boedeker, Cuero

Reserve Champion: Cape Fear Variety by Kernell Moritz, Victoria

Commercial Division

Grand Champion: Oconee Variety by James Rother, Hallettsville

Reserve Champion: Forkert Variety by Kernell Moritz, Victoria

Native Division

Grand Champion: Connie Boedeker, of Cuero.

Reserve Champion: Connie Boedeker, of Cuero.

The pecan show committee also sponsors a pecan pie contest and a youth poster contest. The winners of these two contests also received cash awards donated by the Cuero Pecan House, and William and Mary Beth Finney. The winners were:

Pecan pie winners

Adult division: Karen Garrett, Cuero

Youth division: Katelynn Weise, Yorktown

Youth poster contest

First place: Austin Vinklarek, Yoakum

Second place: Trey Fishbeck, Yoakum

Third place: Kensly Ley, Cuero

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Family and Consumer Sciences Bake Show was also held at the Friar Ag Center on Nov. 14-15.

Pecan Bake Show results

Grand Champion youth: Morgan Vinklarek, Fours Candy

Reserve Champion youth: Kensly Ley, Pumpkin Roll

Grand Champion adult: Karen Garrett, Velvety Chocolate Butter Pecan Pie

Reserve Champion adult: Tammy Bitterly, Rice Cereal Macaroons

Youth bar cookies: Kensly Ley, Texas Gold Bars

Youth drop cookies: Nickolas Dolezal, Pineapple and White Chip Drops

Youth pie: Katelynn Weise, Texas Pecan Pie

Youth cake: Leslie Seidenberger, German Chocolate Cake

Chili fundraiser benefits Go Texan

The DeWitt County Go Texan Committee will have a chili fundraising event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Friar Ag Center in the Cuero City Park. The chili will be $10 per quart and will be to-go only.

Tickets can be bought from Go Texan members, but for convenience, they can also be purchased at the DeWitt County Extension Office or the Cuero High School Ag Building.

Proceeds from the event will help offset the costs of youth and adults participating in the 2012 Houston Livestock show and Rodeo Go Texan contests, which in turn benefits the local scholarship program.

For more information, call Anthony Netardus at 361-275-0816, or Greg Nemec at 361-275-1245.

Anthony Netardus is a DeWitt County Extension Agent-Agriculture.

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