Youth Win 2022 Arkansas Dairy Foods Competition | Education

Caitlin Cooper, 14, of Romance, White County, and Lauren Powell, 15, of Lowell, Benton County, are the winners of the 2022 Arkansas Dairy Foods contest.

The competition is divided into two categories – the ‘Main Dish’ and ‘Party Ideas’ competitions.

Cooper’s Three Cheese and Spinach Alfredo Pasta recipe won in the Main Dish category, while Powell’s Mini Cinnamon Cheesecakes recipe won first place in the Party Ideas category. Each contestant had to send in a copy of their recipe, a summary of why they chose it, and a video of them making the dish. The judges then reviewed each contestant’s submission before deciding. Cooper and Powell were selected from three other finalists in their categories, and each received a $150 prepaid gift card as the prize.

“I love my recipe because it’s simple and easy to make and it’s delicious,” said Cooper, daughter of Cameron and Melissa Cooper.

Powell is the daughter of Jeremy and Tracey Powell. “This recipe is good for any type of party, but it’s also great as a dessert for any delicious meal,” she said. “I think the creamy cheesecake with the cinnamon spice would go well with a Mexican dinner.”

Finalists in the main course category were Andrew Huett, 16, of Elizabeth, second; Colton Loving, 13, of Delaware, third place; and Hannah Evans, nine, of Jonesboro, fourth. Finalists in the Party Ideas competition were Charlotte Roberts of Lonsdale, 12, second place; Savannah Loving, 18, of Delaware, third place; and Penelope Samons, 11, of Pencil Bluff, fourth.

The annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association and is held during National Milk Month in June.

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