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Have you dreamed of selling your family-favorite recipe? Do you wonder how you can own and run your own food-based business? The 2013 West Virginia Recipe Challenge at the State Fair of West Virginia will give competitors the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills and explore future entrepreneurship potential during the competition slated for Sunday, August 11, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Virginia Building.

Emphasizing food product and business development, competitors will present their original recipes and discuss a business vision with a panel of culinary and business experts. The winner will receive business consulting and services designed to launch their food venture in West Virginia.

The competition coincides with West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick's priority of providing more food resources and keeping agriculture's economic impact within the state.

"Our state produces approximately half a billion of in-state food resources of $7 billion in total food expenditures. The opportunity to contribute to our goal of increasing that contribution to $1 billion annually represents a substantial contribution to economic development throughout the state," said Commissioner Helmick.

"Identifying and providing technical resources to enterprises in the food sector like those targeted in this competition is a great opportunity to put us on the road to our $1 billion goal."

Commissioner Helmick will be on hand at the 3 p.m. award ceremony to congratulate the winner and present the prize package provided by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), West Virginia University (WVU), and WVU Cooperative Extension Service, the State Fair of West Virginia, Tamarack and the Tamarack Foundation, Rod Stoner, LLC and Ron McGruder Food Consulting.

A complete list of event guidelines and registration information are available at http://www.wvagriculture.org and www.statefairofwv.com. The $25 entry fee and applications will be accepted until 11:30 a.m. the day of the event but competitors are encouraged to download and complete the pre-event product questionnaire prior to arrival at the fairgrounds.

For more information, contact WVDA Marketing Specialist Debra Gard at dgard@wvda.us or (304) 483-4027

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