2010 Arkansas Beef Ambassador Competition

2010 Arkansas Beef Ambassador Competition Sponsored by the Arkansas Cattlewomen’s Association (in cooperation with the Arkansas Beef Council) Purpose The Arkansas Beef Ambassador program strives to provide an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and youth about beef nutrition, food safety, the economic value of the beef industry and stewardship practices of the beef industry. Our goal is utilize our beef ambassadors to tell the beef production story to consumers and youth through promotion, education, media and the online environment. EligibilityAny Arkansas youth between the ages of 9 and 20 is eligible to enter. There are three divisions:YOUTH Division for ages 9-12; JUNIOR Division for ages 13-16; and SENIOR Division for ages 17-20(must be 17 by January 1, 2010, but not over 20 by January 1, 2011) Awards Three monetary awards will be given in each division: 1st-$150.00 2nd-$100.003rd-$75.00 The Arkansas CattleWomen’s Foundation will award to the first place winner of the SENIOR Division a $1,500 scholarship and will also represent Arkansas at the National Beef Ambassador Competition to be held in South Dakota in October 2010. Location The competition will be held Saturday, February 27, at the Carroll County Cattlemen’s Building on the Carroll County Fairgrounds at the junction of Hwy 21 & 221 N in Berryville, AR . Check in and orientation will begin at 8 am with the competition beginning promptly at 9 am. Rules & Regulations 1. There is no limit as to the number of entries a county may send to the state competition. 2. Each contestant will present a prepared presentation or speech about beef and/or the beef industry. Information about resources for preparation will be sent from the Beef Ambassador Chairman upon request. 3. A theme should be used throughout the presentation. 4. Presentations for the youth and junior division should be 3 – 5 minutes in length. No posters, PowerPoint presentations, tabletop displays, other props, costumes, or videos will be permitted. Note cards will be allowed during the presentation, if needed, but may not be read from. Each judge will ask the contestant a question following their presentation. The questions will be evaluated in two areas: information given as well as the poise of the contestant while answering the questions. In addition, junior division contestants will be given a personal interview with a separate panel of judges. Questions will be based upon the information packet supplied by the Beef Ambassador Chairman.5. Presentations for the senior division should be 5 – 8 minutes in length. Contestants may use simple props or handouts (3 of each) to enhance their presentation if they would like. Note cards will not be allowed in this division. Each judge will ask the contestant a question following the presentation. The questions will be judged in two areas: information given as well as the poise of the contestant while answering the question. In addition, contestants will be given a personal interview with a separate panel of judges. Contestants should be prepared to not only answer questions based upon the information packet supplied by the Beef Ambassador Chairman, but current issues in the beef industry. 6. If the presentation is shorter or longer than allowed, it will affect final standing in the competition. 7. Contestants are encouraged not to identify themselves, however, this will not disqualify them. ***Information in this brochure is subject to change at any time. To request an information packet: Mail requests to: Wendy Pettz Arkansas Beef Ambassador Chair 3258 Madison 6060 Huntsville, AR 72740 Email requests to: [email protected] to request: (479) 738-6581 DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 15, 2010 For questions, contact Wendy Pettz, Arkansas CattleWomen’s Association (479)738-6581 or the Arkansas Beef Council (501)228-1222.