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Charity Cook-off Held In Gladewater

Lots of chili was on the menu in Gladewater Saturday, for a first ever event that is trying to end hunger in East Texas.  Competitors ranged from the serious, to the not so serious at the first annual Ranch Chili Cook-off to benefit the East Texas Food Bank at the Gladewater Rodeo Grounds.

"We're excited because we always like to have some fun while we're trying to raise awareness about hunger, so this is a great opportunity to do that," said East Texas Food Bank Executive Director Robert Bush.  Varieties ranged from Swamp City Mud Chili to Hot Cow Chili.  Our own Mark Scirto and Grant Dade were judges.  The event featured music and a whole lot of fun.

"It's the thrill of highly intense competition without the inconvenience of physical exertion," said one contestant.  There was a serious side, however.  Referee's from the Chili Appreciation Society International were on hand to judge.

"Chili cookers and cook-offs are certified through CASA," said Bush.  "It's a certification, and they compete to feed up to the world championship."  The big winner today was Brenda Mcelyea of Ennis, who won first place in chili and first in showmanship.  The event raised more than 700 dollars.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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