RCC to Host Chili-Cook Off Fundraiser

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Last year's winners included, from left: Farren Young of Rector for third place, David Cagle of Cagle Farms of Rector for first and Tim Holland, representing the Spoke-N-Word chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association for second.(file photo)

The doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rector Community Center for the Chili/ Jambalaya/ Soup Supper. Weather forecasts suggest perfect temperatures for a delicious supper with drinks, desserts, and all the trimmings. In addition, the Community Center Committee will be inaugurating the event's renaming with a new plaque that pays tribute to the first chili cook-off winner: Ryan Rogers.

Cooks will be arriving before 5 p.m. with crock pots filled and ready for judging. Judges for the event are Kenny Burns, Steve Sigsby, Shane Roofe, David Romine, Laramie LeQuieu and Steven Speer. Three judges are designated for Chili and three for Jambalaya and Soup. Dinner guests will be feasting on crock pots of deliciousness after the judging is completed.

Cash awards to the winner and runners-up will be presented. First prize in each category is a minimum of $50. The winner in each category will also receive a trophy to take home and the winners' names in each category will be inscribed on the new, permanent plaque to be displayed at the Community Center.

During the evening of fellowship and good food that raises money for continued improvements at the Rector Community Center, words will be shared in memory of Ryan Rogers, the young man who was a tremendous friend to all of Rector and the first winner of the Chili Cook-off with his famous "Fat Man Chili." His family will be recognized at the event.

The Community Center Committee is pleased to announce that over 26 local businesses from not only Rector, but also from Piggott and Marmaduke, are supporting the supper with donations toward the expenses of the event. Their donations allow the cost per person to remain at $5 with a maximum cost of $20 per immediate family of four or more.

The Committee encourages families and individuals to attend the event, showing support for the Rogers family and the Community Center as the contest is renamed The Ryan Rogers Memorial Chili Cook-Off.

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