Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival a success; will be annual event

 

CELINA-Organizers say the first Clay County Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival was a success and will become an annual event.

 

“We were just very pleased with the way everything went, and the crowds and participation we had, despite some very cool temperatures,” said an event organizer. “We also want to say a big thanks for the volunteers who helped organize and run the event and to our sponsors.”

 

Over 175 commemorative sampling bowls were sold that day (and are still available), and big crowds bundled up and stayed for the local musicians who played throughout the afternoon. 

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CHILI CHAMP-The Clay County Rescue Squad #2 team was the champion in the first annual Chili Cook-Off, and was awarded their trophy and $500 cash prize by Celina mayor Willie Kerr and county mayor Dale Reagan. (Staff photos by Kevin Donaldson)

The courthouse square was filled with decorations and storefronts around town were decorated with a fall theme. 

 

Nine teams wound up competing in the cook-off, with trophies and monetary awards given out for the top three teams. There was also a Tasters’ Choice award voted on by those sampling the fare. See related photos for the winners of the chili cook-off and other contests held in conjunction with the festival. 

 

SECOND PLACE-The Clay County Rescue Squad #1 team took second place in the first annual Chili Cook-Off.

SECOND PLACE-The Clay County Rescue Squad #1 team took second place in the first annual Chili Cook-Off.

 

THIRD PLACE-The Hermitage Springs Fire Dept. team took third place in the first annual Chili Cook-Off, and also won first prize for the best decorated booth.

THIRD PLACE-The Hermitage Springs Fire Dept. team took third place in the first annual Chili Cook-Off, and also won first prize for the best decorated booth.

 

TASTERS' CHOICE-The Ridge Top Girls were the top vote-getter among those sampling the chili at the cook-off.

TASTERS' CHOICE-The Ridge Top Girls were the top vote-getter among those sampling the chili at the cook-off.

 

BEST DECORATED STOREFRONT-The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency won the contest for the best decorated window or storefront (below).
BEST DECORATED STOREFRONT-The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency won the contest for the best decorated window or storefront (below).

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