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Swain County Center OfflineEventAttendanceMode Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713 Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Rd, Bryson City, NC 28713 NC State Extension 4 days away
Description: Sliced, spiced and dried. Show off your beef jerky making skills in the Swain County 4-H Beef Jerky Contest. Reserve your Beef Jerky take-home kit today!

Material Pick-up, Entry Deadline, and Award Announcement Dates:

  • Pick-up kit from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 22nd.
    • Grab and Go Beef Jerky Kit includes supplies to assist you with your entry: (meat, spices, marinade ingredients, and dehydrating tips) 
    • The ingredients in your kit are simply to assist you in making your beef jerky. You are not limited to use the ingredients in your kit. Any recipe/ingredient is permitted.
  • Entry drop-off Monday, April 26th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 28th. 


  • Open to all youth 5-18 years of age: Cloverbud (5-7 years), Junior (8-12 years), Senior (13-18 years).
  • Entry fee is one non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.
  • Every entry must include the Entry Form (fill out online google form or fill out at drop-off). Google form: 
  • Every entry must include recipe. Please include drying method used. (dehydrator, oven, etc.).
  • All entries will receive a ribbon of participation and there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons in each age division and one overall “Best in Show” ribbon.
  • Each entry will be judged by appearance, texture/pliability, taste, and odor. 

For more information, call (828) 488-3848 or contact:

Kyla-Jo Farmer, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Dee Decker, Extension Agent, Family Consumer Science

Kendra Fortner, Extension Agent, Livestock

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