Palestine chili cook-off to take place December 13
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The city of Palestine is once again hosting a Chili Cook-off Holiday Benefit to raise funds to help a family make the holidays brighter.
The chili cook-off will be held Dec. 13, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Palestine Civic Center located at 1819 W. Spring St. The cook-off is open to the public.
Cost for an all-you-can-eat bowl of chili is $5 and comes with one ticket for the prize drawings. Additional tickets for prizes can be purchased for $5 or four tickets for $20.
“The Chili Cook-off Holiday Benefit grew out of our city family recognizing needs in the local community. Each year it has grown, different city staff work on the project, and all proceeds are used to bring happiness to area families that just need a little help during the holidays,” said City Manager Wendy Ellis “Last year we again raised more than $1,000 from bowls of chili and $5 chances to win a donated prize. With that money we hosted two different families - five children had a happier Christmas.”
The 2013 Chili Cook-off will feature chili cooked by City employees. Defending 2012 winner, Lt. Jeff Powell of the Palestine Police Department, will not be returning so the field is wide open.
Winners of the cook-off receive recognition in the paper, but more importantly, bragging rights to having the Best Chili in the City. Ms. Ellis offered, “we all do this to help, and there is a lot of fun competition among the cooks.”
Judges for the cook-off are Robin Searcy of the Palestine YMCA, Brian Rucker of Rucker Equipment Co., and Bryan Jones of Red Hat Rentals. Everyone who comes will have a chance to vote for their favorite in the “People’s Choice” category.
Adam Perry and Cory Rowell with the Utilities Department are the co-chairs of this year’s cook-off. When asked why they volunteered, Mr. Perry responded, “It was an easy choice for us, we wanted to make it easier on a family or two who just needed a little help during the holiday, and spread holiday cheer to their families.”
For more information or to donate to the benefit contact City Hall (903) 731-8400 or the Visitor Center (903) 723-3014.