Manila Lions make final plans for chili cook-off

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Members of the Manila Lions Club are making final plans for the 2017 Chili Cook-off set for Oct. 7. Pictured are, from left: Jim Mills, Gary Perkins, President Wendell Poteet, Randy Frakes, Terry Carr and Dwight Booth.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The annual Big Lake Chili Cook-off was the topic of discussion at the Manila Lions Club meeting on Wednesday.

The Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday, Oct. 7. Vendors and chili teams will set up along Dewey Street.

Anyone interested in having a booth or a cooking team can contact any Lion Club member. Forms are available at Southern Bancorp and TC Restaurant in Manila.

The fee for a chili cooking team is $20 and for vendor booths $30.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place winners in the chili cooking division. Trophies will be awarded for People's Choice and Showmanship.

Lions set the price at $5 a bowl and $2 for a soft drink/water. Once the bowl is purchased guests can sample any/all of the chili cooked by the different teams and vote for the chili of their choice.

Chili should be ready by 10 a.m.

There will be entertainment at the bandstand throughout the day.

Also for the younger set there will be inflatable “bouncy” houses and slides.

Lion President Wendell Poteet thanked Lion Randy Frakes for getting the banners out and encouraged all of the members to sign up cooking teams and vendors.

The Manila Lions have been hosting the annual event for three decades.

Poteet expressed his appreciation to all of the sponsors who support the annual chili cook-off.

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