Ryan Rogers Chili Cook-Off is Set

Thursday, February 18, 2016
The trophy on permanent display at the RCC bears the likeness of the longtime local journalist, and JP, Ryan Rogers. Winner of the first-ever event, the contest was renamed in his memory following his death in January of 2015.

People's Choice is the newest award category added to the competition surrounding the Ryan Rogers Memorial Chili Cook-Off, in support of the Rector Community Center. The event promises a great supper for $5, or no more than $20 for an immediate family of four or more, and is a bargain any way you look at it. In addition, many area businesses have made donations which cover expenses and allow the dinner price to remain nominal for the fundraiser.

Organizers note the plans are coming together for the Saturday, Feb. 27, event with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Local cooks are currently lining-up in the categories of chili, soup and jambalaya. The Rector Community Center Committee will be providing desserts, so Linda Robinson has announced "banana pudding, brownies, pecan cobbler and some sugar-free desserts" are on the menu.

The Center will also supply a hefty vat of their own signature chili and all the fixings, plus drinks. And, following the announcement of the winners of the competition, attendees will be able to sample all the chili and make their own determinations as to whose entry is the best.

The group of judges is also coming together, with several new faces and a couple of seasoned veterans. This group of six individuals has been charged with rating the competition in three areas, with points totaled to determine the winners. "It's a blind taste test, so the judges have no idea as to whose recipe they are evaluating," said a spokesman for the cook-off.

The winners receive cash awards, which come from the entry fees, plus a small trophy for first place. The three first place winners' names will also be added to the Memorial Cook-Off plaque which remains on display at the Community Center. The large trophy was retired last year and presented to the late Ryan Rogers's family in his memory.

Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance from the Water Office on Stewart Street in Rector or may be purchased at the door.

Local residents are encouraged to join their neighbors in this worthy and fun fund-raiser, and help support the Rector Community Center.

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