First National Bank in Manila was the big winner in the annual Manila Chili Cook-off held Saturday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Although there were about 20 teams signed up to be at this year's cook-off, only five teams actually made it, but that did not damper the spirits of the Manila Lions Club, who organized the event.

The five teams -- First National Bank in Manila, the Big Lake Wildlife Refuge, First Assembly of God Church in Manila, Community United Methodist Church in Manila and the Manila Lions Club, started

serving around 9:30 a.m. and had plenty of chili to feed the crowd, which filtered in as the day went on.

Judging for this year's competition took place at noon, and winners were announced following the annual jalapeno-eating contest. Taking first place in the cook-off contest was the First National Bank team,

followed by Community United Methodist Church and First Assembly of God Church.

First National Bank also won the showmanship trophy and the People's Choice Award.

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