A great crowd turned out on Friday to enjoy chili and delicious baked goods at Habitat for Humanity's Seventh Annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale, which was held at the 303 Building on the square. Jason Evans of The Inn at Evins Mill won the "Best Chili" award, and "Cauldron of Fire" from the DeKalb County Board of Education followed in second place. In the Best Decorated booth contest, "Hillbilly Chili – It's a Natural Gas" from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas took top honors.
Tecia Puckett Pryor of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County said the event raised over $3,000, which will be used toward the building of the fourth Habitat house here. "We had a great turnout today, maybe the best we've ever had. We sold a lot of pies, cakes, and cookies and raised over $3,000 toward the building of our fourth Habitat house. So we are really pleased with the cook-off today and we are thankful to all the teams that participated as well as everyone who brought out baked goods for sale and of course everyone who came out to eat chili today."
Eleven teams participated in the event, including "Blessed and Highly Flavored" from Allen's Chapel Methodist Church; "Cauldron of Fire" from the DeKalb County Board of Education; "Hot Checks Chili" from DeKalb Community Bank; "The Courthouse Gang" from the DeKalb County Officials; "Edgar Evins Chili Peppers" from Edgar Evins State Park; "Hale's Bowls of Fire" from James C. Hale for State Representative; "Hillbilly Chili – It's a Natural Gas" from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas; "The Bean Counters" from Tom Janney, CPA and Associates; "Red Hot Kilowatts" from Smithville Electric System; "Hollywood Corpse Review" from the Smithville Review, and The Inn at Evins Mill.
Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity builds and renovates houses in partnership with volunteers and families in need, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. To contact Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, please call 215-8181.
(Photos provided by Sharon Evans)