Ryan Rogers Memorial Cook-Off Saturday

Thursday, February 21, 2019
The winners in last year's chili cook-off competition were, from left: third place Steve Horton, second place Farron Young and Brad Green and Jerry Mansfield, with the second place team from the City of Rector.
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The Rector Community Center is the place to be this Saturday night, Feb 23. The doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. as the Ryan Rogers Memorial Chili, Soup and Jambalaya Cook-Off and Supper, an annual community event, is scheduled. For $5 per person, with a maximum per family of $20 not including Great Uncle Ned, a person can enjoy a full meal with bowls of chili, soup and jambalaya and tasting cups from all the entries. Condiments and soft drinks, water, tea and coffee will be served. The Community Center Committee will also furnish a house chili and delicious homemade desserts.

Beginning at 5 p.m. a group of six new judges will score entries in a blind taste test conducted in the Executive Room with the winners announced as soon as the scores have been tallied. Trophies, cash, and certificates are awarded to the winners.

In addition, as has been the custom recently, a Peopleís Choice Award will be awarded based on the result of voting by those adults in attendance. New last year was a door prize drawing for those adults in attendance, and this year organizers report the door prize will be a large size Instant Pot.

Community donations make possible the event which honors the memory of Ryan Rogers. Their donations underwrite the cost of the event, while the $25 entry fees fund the prize money for the winners. Money collected at the door will be used for special projects in the ongoing mission to make the Rector Community Center a hub of activity. In addition, beginning this year, a portion of the eventís proceeds will go toward the continuation of the Ryan Rogers Memorial Scholarship started by Ron and Nancy Kemp and awarded each spring to an exceptional student athlete at Rector High School.

The public is invited, and encouraged to attend.

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