Chili Cook-Off Benefit Held
A steady line of chili and potato soup diners filled the Rector Community Center Saturday night for the second annual Chili Cook-Off and Supper fundraiser. The event began with contest judging at 5 p.m. before serving the all-you-can-eat meal with soft drinks, condiments, coffee and dessert at 6 p.m.
David Cagle of Cagle Farms won the championship, taking home the traveling Chili Bowl Trophy. The trophy was presented to Cagle by Ryan Rogers, the 2013 champion. Second place went to Tim Holland of Piggott, representing the Spoke-N-Word Christian Motorcycle Association. Farren Young of Rector received third place in the contest. Each winner received a framed certificate and a cash award for their efforts.
"It's very exciting to win," Cagle said at the end of the evening. "It was very competitive and a lot of fun. It grew from last year, and I hope it does so again for next year."
The Rector Community Center appreciated all the chili cooks who helped make the evening memorable. Other participants included Legacy Equipment, Brad Green and Jerry Mansfield representing the Rector Water Department, Ryan Rogers, Jeff Douglas representing the Rector Police Department, Patty McHaffey of Madpies, Ben Weeks and Bo Young of Baker Implement, Diane Presson, and members representing the Greenway and Rector Fire Departments.
Three judges, Ken Roden, Kenneth Webb and Ben Isom, evaluated the contestants' chili recipes in a blind taste test. The judges tasted individual bowls of chili in the executive conference room and rated the chili in three categories. The scores were then totaled to determine the winners. Winners were announced at 6:15 p.m. to an appreciative crowd which included Sen. Robert Thompson.
Business cards were compiled onto paper placemats at the 12 tables set for dinner. Organizers wish to extend a special salute to the sponsors of the event: First National Bank, Dr. Stephen Duncan, NAPA Auto, State Farm Insurance, MidSouth Agri Services, Madpies, Legacy Equipment, Glen Sain, Rector Downtown Drug, Graves Gin Corporation, Honeysuckle & Home, Dr. Bryan Blackshare, Feather Your Nest, Ed's Shop, Delta Cotton Co-op, DeMent Machine Tool, Plexus with Sarah Pruett Miner, Piggott State Bank, Magness Oil-Exxon and Subway, and Centennial Bank.
Special thanks is also extended to the many volunteers who made the event a success. Through the efforts of these men and women, the Rector Community Center remains a popular locale for enjoyable events for Rector and the surrounding communities.