Is there a restaurant in Central Iowa that you feel makes the best tenderloins? Are you a great artist/graphic designer with a passion for spreading good messages? If you identify with either of these questions, read on.
Tenderloin lovers first…
Each year for the past 10, the Iowa Pork Producers Association has held a Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest in the state. The contest celebrates a Midwest favorite sandwich by recognizing restaurants that support the Pork Producers by putting this on their menu.
Any cafe, restaurant or tavern that serves breaded pork tenderloins is eligible to be nominated. Restaurants must receive three nominations to enter the first round of judging. Restaurant owners and operators cannot submit their own establishment.
Nominations are due by June 11, and forms are available online at www.iowapork.org. Only one nomination form is allowed per household.
The person who nominates the winning restaurant will be entered into a drawing to win $100 and the restaurant that wins receives $500, a plaque and publicity for winning.
The contest is judged by representatives of the Iowa pork industry, who probably do not need to eat for three weeks after the judging process! They judge the sandwiches on taste, appearance and physical characteristics. The winner is announced during October for Pork Month.
The Balltown restaurant, Breitbach’s Country Dining, was the 2012 contest winner. How about a Story County winner for 2013?
Now to T-shirt designers…
An email came to me not long ago about an anti-bullying T-shirt contest.
The contest is being held by an entity called "Submit the Documentary," which you can learn more about at the website: www.submitthedocumentary.com. Submit the Documentary wants, especially from artists in high school and college, a design for a T-shirt that middle and high school students cannot wait to put on!
As it says in their release: "Not only will kids want these shirts, but we will be distributing them to all ages across the world in promotion with our film, "Submit the Documentary," which gives solutions to the growing trend of Cyberbullying."
The design must emulate anti-bullying or cyberbulling. It does not need to be literal. The design can be conceptual, but must be able to make the connection that the concept is standing up to bullies. It must also relate to the cyberbullying film, "Submit the Documentary," which you can learn more about at the website, but here’s a little of what the release says:
"In today’s digital generation, we stay in touch with the world and our friends through our phones, tablets and laptops. Digital devices are glued to our hands. It is easy to be invisible online. Anyone can be a cyberbully. Submit features interviews from affected teens, parents of victims, educators, experts and law enforcement as they tackle this worldwide issue, while offering solutions to this complicated problem."
The reason I’m writing about this is because I believe that bullying, no matter what format it comes in, is a serious issue and is emotionally damaging to many young people. I also believe that the schools our newspapers cover have talented kids, kids who could come up with great designs that would help send out an important message.
So as the school year winds down, consider putting your brain cells to work on this contest. It is open to kids ages 16 and older who live in the United States and Canada. The contest ends at midnight, July 1.
All the information needed for the contest is found at the website I mentioned earlier in this column. If anyone does draw up a design for the contest, please send me a copy. I’d love to know what you’ve come up with.
(Marlys Barker is editor of the Nevada Journal and Tri-County Times.)