Ryan Franklin from the hit reality television show on Magnolia Network “Barnwood Builders”, Katherine Thompson, Meteorologist from WVVA news, and Delegate Michael “Mike” Honaker, 42nd District and Director of Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management/Greenbrier County 911 Center will judge the 17th Annual Greenbrier County 4-H Venison Cooking Contest on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at the State Fair of West Virginia.
Ryan Franklin is a lifelong resident of Greenbrier County. He has a background in coal mining, welding and can dang near fix anything. An avid outdoorsman and the newest addition to the crew of Barnwood Living, as seen on Magnolia Network’s hit reality television show “Barnwood Builders”.
Katherine Thompson is originally from Swepsonville, NC. Katherine came to work for WVVA in 2014 and has been Chief Meteorologist there since 2019. She enjoys hiking, canoeing , and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and their dog Ginger.
Michael Honaker of Lewisburg is a member of the House of Delegates representing the 42nd District (Greenbrier) and the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management right here in Greenbrier County. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps and over 28 years in the state police. He is currently the Head Football Coach and Wresting Coach at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School.
The Venison Cooking Contest, BINGO and Auction is the primary fundraiser for Greenbrier County 4-H Camps. All proceeds from the event go toward reducing camp fees and providing scholarships.
The camping experience for a child is life changing. It teaches responsibility, empathy, kindness, and respect while giving a feeling of inclusion and sense of belonging in a safe atmosphere. It allows youth to challenge themselves mentally and physically and develop relationships with caring adults and other youth. Research by the American Camp Association shows that campers make new friends, meet others from diverse backgrounds, build self-esteem and conquer fears. It is vital that we continue to provide this experience to all youth in our county at an affordable cost. In order to do this, we need support from our community.
The Venison Cooking Contest, BINGO and Auction will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 in the Cecil Underwood Youth Building at the State Fair of West Virginia. Contest entries are delivered from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m., at 2:00 p.m. judging of entries starts, BINGO begins at 2:30 p.m. and the Auction starts at 4:30 p.m. There will be FREE activities and snacks for children throughout the event and concessions available for purchase. For more information, including sneak peaks at bingo prizes and items for the auction, search Facebook for our event- “17th Annual Venison Cook-Off and Bingo.” If you would like more information on entering the contest, purchasing BINGO tickets or donating to our auction, please call 304-647-7408.