Troup Lions heat up chili cook-off

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Who’s hot and who’s not? That is the question unless you ask ‘beans or no beans.’ All of those questions will be answered at the Troup Lions Club Chili Cook-off set for Saturday, March 4 from 5-7 p.m.

It has been a while since Troup had a good dose of competitive chili cooking.

“Lions Club chose this event since it is unique to Troup and who doesn’t like chili?” Club president Melanie Brumit said. “Other organizations/groups have annual events so we selected a chili cook-off. We hope with a good turnout we can make this an annual event.”

For those who have their pots just itching to be cooked, there is a $20 entry fee that must be turned in along with an entry form to the Troup library no later than Friday, Feb. 24

Set up time for the contestants is 4-5 p.m. and your entries must be at the library no later than 4:45 p.m. Contestants must provide their own serving utensils and it would be best if the chili is brought hot and ready to serve in a crock-pot.

The doors open to the public at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. or until the chili is all gone.

There will be two winners. One will be “people’s choice” and the other will be selected by the secret panel of judges.

“Judges will not be announced ahead of time,” Brumit said. “We don’t want people to bribe them! But seriously, we have three great people from our community who have agreed to judge the entries.” 

The funds raised through the cook-off will go towards supporting the Texas Lions Camp and the campers which include diabetic children, children with Down syndrome and children with physical disabilities.  

“It’s a great cause to help children,” Brumit added. “Also, it will be a fun night of food, fellowship and don’t forget the bragging rights for the best chili in Troup.”

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