The 2011 Big Lake Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Manila Lions Club, drew a large crowd on Saturday, Oct. 1. The weather was great for the chili cookers who served a variety of chili throughout the day.
Dwight Booth, sponsor of the Leo Club, thanked the students who volunteered to get up early and take part in the community event.
"They cooked 100 pounds of hamburger meat," he said. "They did a great job.
The Manila Business Women served breakfast at the Depot. Members of the Depot Committee opened the museum located in the old train depot for guests to tour.
Several drawings were held with Leland Dowless winning the 50/50 drawing sponsored by the Manila Business Women. Gary Jolliff won the drawing for the I-Pad, also sponsored by the Manila Women.
Manila City Council and employees manned a booth displaying the proposed swimming pool/water park drawings, answering questions about the upcoming election for a one cent sales tax to fund the project. They also had a drawing for a canopy/tent won by Vicki Effinger.
There was also a silent auction with several items to bid on.
The Manila Fire Department won the Showmanship Award for the second consecutive year.
The People's Choice Trophy went to the Circle F Ranch.
In the junior division, plaques were presented to Leo Team 4 with Cynthia Gutierrez, Haley Henderson, Teresa Leone and Lacie Kirk, third place; Leo Team 2 with Scott Eubanks, Dylan Wicoff, Zack Reinhart and Nick Carmichael, second place; and Leo Team 1 with Dillon Burrow, Dylan Bogle, Blake Carr and Zack Day winning first place.
In the senior division third place $300 went to New Providence Baptist Church; second place $500 went to Woody's Chili; and first place $1,000 prize went to the Kenny Weathers Poor Boys' Chili Team.
Weathers thanked everyone for a great day and thanked the Lions Club for sponsoring a great event.