The Thomson-McDuffie Housing Authority had seniors cooking to get to know each other. A pot-luck bake-off was held last Friday in the community room of the facility.
"We're just looking for ways to try to get people together," said Dianne Bracknell, who organized the event. "Everybody lives in the same neighborhood, but nobody knows each other. We're hoping we can bring them all together to get to know each other."
The four judges of the event were McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall, McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton, Thomson Police Department's Jesse Bowman and Partners For Success's Beverly Dunn. Not only did the judges sample and grade each entry, but they ate their entire meal.
"I didn't put anything in my mouth that wasn't good," Mr. Newton said.
The rain hindered the entries and turnout for the inaugural event. Mrs. Bracknell said many had told her they would be there, but she knew a lot of them had to walk. Thomson received more than four inches of rain that day, which affected more than the attendance.
"The weather is not kind when you're baking," said Lorrie McCauley, who entered a pineapple upside down cake in the contest. "The dampness affects the cake and it takes longer to bake."
The overall winner of the event was Larry Todd, who cooked mesquite chicken.
Pam Grant's fruit delight won first place, Ms. McCauley's pineapple upside down cake won second, Mildred Hanson's peanut butter yum yum's won third and Lora Adams' 7-Up cake won fourth.
"Anytime any of y'all want to invite me to your house to eat, it won't be a problem at all," quipped Officer Bowman.
Tennant services representative Carolyn Andrews said a chili cook-off will be held in January, but a date has not been set.