One slow cooker contained chili with spaghetti mixed in. There was a separate batch made with sausage.
Several varieties of chili and a few soup selections were available for the taste bud’s enjoyment during Friday’s Barren County Relay for Life chili cookoff fundraiser at Trojan Academy.
Steven Melrose, senior at Barren County High School and member of Future Business Leaders of America, said FBLA members help out with Relay for Life events.
“I volunteered to make the chili. I’d say I’ve created the basic, homemade chili. I made it because I love to cook,” Melrose said, adding that he was accepted into Sullivan University’s Culinary School.
Glasgow Fire Department Chief Tony Atwood also served chili at the event. He said this was his third year participating.
“I love to come and socialize with all the people who attend,” he said.
Atwood said people in the area don’t usually like spicy chili.
“My chili is normal. It’s not firehouse chili,” he said.
Visitors had the opportunity to judge the cooks. People voted by dropping their arm band in the cup next to the chef.
Teresa Coffee said she was thinking about voting for the potato soup.
“This soup is my favorite so far. I’ve tried three other things,” Coffee said.
Laura Gaines said she also liked the potato soup.
“I was pleasantly surprised to see soup available,” she said.
Gaines said her son is involved with Relay for Life.
“I’m here to support (my son) and to eat good food,” she said.
Gaines said the fundraiser is important because of how common cancer is.
“So many people have been affected by cancer. This is a way for the community to give to a good cause,” She said. “Plus, this teaches kids about what’s great about community service.”
As of press time, winners of the Relay for Life chili cookoff were not made available to the Daily Times.
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