Caraway team wins first place in Big Lake Chili Cook-off

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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.

Poor Boy's Chili won first lace at the 2011 Big Lake Chili Cook-off

Lion Tony Crowell, chairman, expressed his appreciation to everyone for their participation. There were 13 senior teams competing for the $1,000 first place prize money and six junior teams from the Manila High School Leo Club.

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.

Circle F Ranch won the People's Choice Award for their chili.

In addition to the chili teams, there were a number of craft booths, face painting booths, games for children, inflatable castle, funnel cakes, sno cones, baked goods, and much more.

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.

Leo Club number one won first place in the junior division.

A quilt given away by the Manila Fire Department was won by Chief of Police Jackie Hill.

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.

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