|2/2/2013 1:22:00 AM|
3rd annual Chili Cook-Off hosted at PTC
|Lindsay Bowen, middle, and Jessica Riddle, right, await their chili from Jay Blackston at the third Annual Chili Cook-Off put on by the Lakelands Homebuilders Association. (Frank Bumb | Index-Journal)|
1st Place - Sport's Break, $400.00
2nd Place - Sid Huskey, $250.00
3rd Place - Stump's BBQ, $150.00
Choice of the Public
1st Place - Stump's BBQ, $400.00
2nd Place - Habitat for Humanity, $250.00
3rd Place - Hound Dog, $150.00
Some people prefer their chili with a spicy kick that could rival an irate donkey. Others enjoy their chili with more meat than a butcher's shop.
Chili made with scholarships probably wouldn't taste too good. But chili made by professional cooks competing for prizes in support of area scholarships has to taste pretty good.
Scores of people crowded into the Piedmont Technical College's Multi-Purpose Building to find out just how good at the third annual Chili Cook-Off.
The cook-off, put on by the Lakelands Homebuilders Association and Habitat for Humanity, combined live music, a silent auction and, of course, bowl after bowl of freshly cooked chili by 11 businesses and organizations.
"We have a competition and give out prizes for first, second and third place in a variety of categories," said Nick Nicholson, executive officer of the LHBA. "We take the money we get from the event and sponsor scholarships to Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood Career Center and Lander (University)."
Nicholson said the scholarships were $1,000 for PTC and the G. Frank Russell Career Center and $750 for Lander University. The cook-off has sponsored scholarships at the FRCC and PTC for all three years, with Lander getting its first scholarship sponsored this year. Any remaining funds from the event, which averages anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 each year, are then split between the LHBA and its partner. The Humane Society was the LHBA's partner for the first two years, with Habitat for Humanity replacing the Humane Society this year.
"We wanted to move things around between the charities," said Marion Moore, a project manager with the LHBA and the father of the cook-off.
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