Big Lake Chili Cook-off draws large crowd
The 27th annual Big Lake Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Manila Lions Club, was held Saturday, Oct. 5. The event drew a large crowd with a day filled with chili, craft booths, bake sales, inflatable games, petting zoo, entertainment and the second annual 5K Chili Pepper Run.
The 5K run/walk kicked off at 8 a.m. with 135 participants of all ages. The overall winner was Jacob Walker with a 17:18 time. Jordan Wheeler won overall in the female division.
Coming in first place in the different age divisions for the male runners were Spencer Stutts, 1-9; Connor Jackson, 10-12; Dalton Murphy, 13-15; Caleb Reinhart, 16-19; Justin Elliott, 20-29; Noah Churchill, 30-39; Jerry Shrable, 40-49; Tim Bassing, 50-59; Dan Robbins, 60-99.
Finishing in second place were Derrick Briggs, 1-9; Hunter Juletch, 10-12; Kyle Bell, 13-15; Casey Hill, 20-29; Christopher Haynes, 30-39; Michael Adcock, 40-49; Craig Wheeler, 50-59.
In the female division, first place winners were Jacobi Briggs, 1-9; Emily Weiss, 10-12; Jessica Weiss, 13-15; Kailn Shelton, 16-19; Kim Crosskno 20-29; Jennifer Jackson, 30-39; Teresa Eastin, 40-49; Cherryl Bassing 50-59; Feggie Bebout, 60-99.
Finishing in second place were Emma Jackson, 1-9; Annabeth Baugher, 10-12; Rebecca Hudson, 13-15; Heather Hollis, 16-19; Holly Lyons, 30-39; Kristen Stutts, 40-49.
Russell page finished first in the 5K walking division and Amber Devers finished second.
Proceeds from the 5K go to scholarships.
Manila Business Women served breakfast and sponsored drawings for a television and a 50/50 drawing. Several booths offered drawings for a variety of items.
Entertainment at the bandstand included Judy Hampton, The Bryant family, Joe Chipman and Tommy Morries.
The chili was ready by 10 a.m. with 21 teams going for the best chili award.
In the senior division Manila FFA won third place; the American Legion won second place; and Blake Carr of B&B's won first place.
Three of the eight Manila High School Leo teams swept the junior division winning all three places with Leo Team 13 winning first place; Leo Team 12 winning second place; and Leo Team 22 winning third place.
Manila Boy Scouts won People's Choice and Southern Bancorp won Showmanship.
Other chili cooking teams included the Manila Fire Department, Bethany Baptist Church, Hog Wild Chili; ABC Chili MHS FEA; ANC Dental Girls, New Providence Church, Dave Woody and First Baptist Church.
Lion President Wendell Poteet presented the trophies and thanked everyone for their participation in the annual event. The proceeds from the chili cook-off go to the Lions community service projects and providing eye glasses and examinations for those in need.