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First Sanctioned Steak Cookoff at Alcorn County Fair Went Well, Official Says

By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today

The first year for the sanctioned steak cookoff at the Alcorn County Fair went very well, an official said.

Joey Gilmore, who helped organize the event, said there were 33 contestants from four states — Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. The winner was from Lawton, Tenn. and received $1,000. Second place won $500, third $400, and so on.

It was held Saturday at the Crossroads Arena.

The competition was sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association, and there were 18 certified judges from three states. Contestants cooked two ribeyes and turned their best one in to be judged on taste, tenderness and appearance.

The steaks should be cooked medium with a pink center.

The winner of regional competitions qualify for the big cookoff in Fort Worth, Texas.

Gilmore said the contestants enjoyed visiting Corinth and had many nice comments about the community and Crossroaads Arena. The plan is to hold the cookoff again at next year’s fair, he noted. Steak cookoffs are among the fastest growing cooking competitions, he said.

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