Manila Lions finalize chili cook-off plans

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Manila Lions Club members, Tony Crowell, Wendell Poteet, Leroy Douglas, Danny Robbins, Clell Castleman, and Tracey Reinhart are getting ready for the annual Big Lake Chili Cook-off. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Manila Lions Club members are making final plans for the 19th annual Big Lake Chili cook-off scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Depot Center. The event will be held rain or shine.

Co-chairing the event are Lion members Tracey Reinhart and Tony Crowell.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in the junior and senior divisions. Cash prizes will be awarded in the senior division only.

There is no entry fee for chili teams.

"We welcome teams to participate," Reinhart said. "Several of the newly formed Leo Club members are forming teams to be part of the chili cooking competition."

Showmanship trophies and People's Choice Trophies will also be awarded.

Judging will begin at noon with the awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

A variety of entertainment, including an Elvis impersonator, the Manila High School Choir, the Manila High School Band, and others, will be performing. Youth groups from the Manila First Baptist Church and the First United Pentecostal Church will be participating.

Reinhart said any church group, school group, or individual that would like to be part of the entertainment line-up may contact him or Crowell at 561-5433.

Lion Tom Jaco is chairing the craft/yard sale booth area. Craft and yard sale booths will be set up along the grassy area beside the Depot Center. There is a $30 fee for craft/yard sale booths with a $20 refund for clean-up.

Entry forms are available at Farmers Market, First National Bank, Lifetime Medical and other businesses around Manila.

The Manila Business Women will be selling fried pies in conjunction with the chili cook-off.

"We appreciate all of our sponsors and participants," Lion Wendell Poteet said.

Lion Leroy Douglas announced the annucal car show has been scheduled for March 28, 2009.

The Manila Lions meet on Wednesdays at 12 noon at the Manila Depot.

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