Ryan Rogers Memorial Cook-Off Saturday

Thursday, February 23, 2017
The winner's in the soup division at last year's cook-off were, from left: David Cagle, Jessie Petty and Christy Beasley.(courtesy photo)

There are at least 10 good reasons to be in Rector this Saturday evening, Feb. 25. First and foremost, it's the date of the annual Ryan Rogers Memorial Chili, Soup and Jambalaya Cook-off and Supper, set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Rector Community Center.

If that's not enough, here are several more reasons to attend the fundraiser for the Rector Community Center:

--Everyone can eat well for just $5 a person

--Feed all the immediate family members for a maximum cost of $20, (not including Great Aunt Sally).

--Desserts such as homemade pecan pie cobbler, brownies, chocolate sheet cake and banana pudding.

--Plenty of chili, soup and jambalaya to enjoy, including vats of the house chili.

--Shredded cheese, sour cream, corn chips, crackers and other trimmings--plus soft drinks, water, tea and coffee.

--The entries will be judged by a panel of six in a blind taste test beginning at 5 p.m.

--Trophies, cash and certificates will be awarded to the winners.

--A People's Choice award will be handed-out to one of the entries.

--Cash door prizes will be drawn for among the adults attending, although you must be present to win.

Donations by members of the community underwrite the cost of putting on the event, which honors the memory of Ryan Rogers. The $25 entry fees paid by the contestants fund the prize money, as awards will be handed out for first, second and third in each category. The donations collected at the door will be used for special projects, and the ongoing efforts, to make the Rector Community Center hub of activity for all residents of the city.

The event is named in honor of Rogers, a Greenway-area native, graduate of Clay County Central and member of the Clay County Quorum Court at the time of his sudden death in January of 2015. The long-time CCTD reporter also enjoyed the distinction of winning the first-ever chili cook-off in 2013 with his "Fat Man Chili."

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