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Chili Cook-Off heats up parking lot

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Emerson Powell, 1, gets a taste of chili.
Photo by Lynn Davidson
Many gathered in the Board of Education parking lot on Friday evening to sample local chili recipes for $1 a bowl and help an organization fund scholarships for Thomson High students.

The McDuffie Educational Secretary's Association held its Third Annual Chili Cook Off, with eight teams participating, the event raised nearly $1,300. Last year 18 teams participated and raised about $1,600.

MESA officers attributed the lower turnout to the increased demand for fundraising dollars this year. Despite the lower numbers this year, MESA considers the event a huge success.

"I don't think the lower number of contestants hurt us with the contributions," said MESA President Lawana Reese. "The general public came out and supported us."

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Kennedy Cowart (from left), Barry Arrington and Daniel Amerson cook chili at the VICA booth.
Photo by Lynn Davidson
Prizes were given in four categories. The winners in the "Most Chili Sold" category were Sidney Smith and Phil McCorkle. Norris Elementary won "Most Donations Collected." "Best Tasting Chili" went to THS Construction VICA Club. And the "Best Decorated Booth" prize went to The McDuffie Mirror team.

Other participants in the competition were Maxwell Elementary, Crossroads Learning Center, The McDuffie Progress and Rub It In Mobile Massage Therapy.

The proceeds from the event will go to fund two $500 scholarships for this year's Thomson High School graduating seniors. The remainder of the money will go to help needy students in the school system, Ms. Reese said.

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Vashti Williams, 4, cheers on chili-eaters.
Photo by Lynn Davidson
The event's organizers, Julia Lambert and Sheila Johnson, wanted to thank all of the local businesses and individuals who donated items to be given to the winning teams.



Web posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005











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