Big Lake Chili Cook-Off successful
The Manila Lions Club sponsored their 16th annual Big Lake Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 24. It was a good day with plenty of chili, games, craft booths, and entertainment. The annual event gives teams the opportunity to show off their "chili" cooking expertise, offers family and friends a time to gather in a "hometown" atmosphere, and support a good cause. Proceeds from the event are used by the Lions Club to support their sight-preservation donations.
The 15 chili booths offered a variety of chili. Craft booths gave everyone a chance to shop and the band Legacy offered entertainment.
The Manila Business and Professional Women served breakfast and sold fried pies at the Depot Center. The women cooked and sold over 650 fried pies.
Youth groups from the Manila First Baptist Church presented a puppet show and United Pentecostal Church (ROCKS) group performed.
Tracy Reinhart, Lion Club President, expressed his appreciation for the youth church youth groups for their participation.
Teams consisted of Camp Chili; SWA "Wrestlers" Chili; The First National Bank Pirates; Red Hot Farmers Chili (Farmers Market); Hillbillie Cotton Pickin Chili Cookers (Methodist Church); Manila Police Department; Screaming Eagle Chili; Arkansas Northeastern College; Arkansas Razorback Chili; Lions Cheerleader Team; MC Chili Cookers; Lions Club Chili; Boys and Girls Club Chili; and the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department.
The second annual jalape"o eating contest was held. The first round ended in a tie between Blake Carr (last year's runner-up), and Tyler Williams. Teresa Fleeman won the second group and Blaine Lawrence won the third group. The pepper eat-off with the top three winners ended with Blaine Lawrence winning by eating eight in the first round and 12 more to win the finals. Other participants included Tim Augustine, Neal Goodman, Misty Jaco, Allen Vanceley, and Juston Jaco.
The 2005 winners in chili and showmanship received trophies.
In the junior chili cooking division, the Manila Cheerleaders won first and the Screaming Eagles won second.
In the overall division the Cotton Pickin Hillbillies won third place; ANC won second place; and Mississippi County Sheriff's Department won first place.
The Red Hot Farmers of Farmers Market won the People's Choice Award.
In Showmanship third place went to the First National Bank Pirates; Second place went to the Razorback Chili Cookers; and first place went to the Hillbillies Cotton Pickin Chili Cookers.