The 26th annual Big Lake Chili Cook-off was the topic at the Manila Lions Club meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 5. Again this year, the Lions will be offering a $1,000 prize for the best chili. Second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $300. Cash prizes will be awarded in the senior team division.
Trophies will be awarded to junior teams along with a People's Choice Award and Showmanship Awards.
President Wendell Poteet encouraged members to focus on getting ready for the chili cook-off.
Chili Cook-Off Chairman Tony Crowell and Lions voted to have four banner/signs made by Steve Lancaster. Crowell said the banners can be used for several years.
All booth rental fees, chili or craft, will be $30 each.
Chili teams will need to check in at the Depot Center at 6 a.m. Teams will be asked to prepare five gallons or more of chili. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
A 5K run/walk has been added to the line-up of events this year. The Big Lake Chili Cook-Off 5K run (Chili Pepper 5K) will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the 5k will be used to provide scholarships to graduating Manila High School seniors. To register on line for the 5K run log on to: racesonline.com (search for event by zip code radius) or on the event calendar page on ridgerider.org.
Participants can register the morning of Oct. 6 between 6:30-7:30 a.m. but an event tee shirt cannot be guaranteed for late registration.
"We are looking forward to the 5K run as an added event for our chili cook-off and we welcome all interested people to participate in the run," Crowell said. "We also will have a duck calling contest this year for the sportsmen. There will be a junior and senior duck calling contest."
Butch Richenbauch, world championship duck caller, will be one of the guests at the Manila Big Lake Chili Cook-off.
Entertainment chairman Leroy Douglas said anyone who would like to be part of the entertainment line-up for the day can contact him.
Forms for the chili cook-off will be available from Thomas Jaco, or Southern Bancorp.
President Poteet said the Lions will be busy over the next four weeks getting ready for the chili cook-off and he is looking forward to a successfully day. There will be lots of chili to sample and activities throughout the day.
For more information, persons can contact Crowell at (870)561-5433 or Tom Jaco at 243-4042.
The Manila Lions Club meets every Wednesday at noon in the Lions Den at Manila Elementary School.