First BPC Chili Cook-off is a success
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|Overall and People’s Choice winners in the first BPC Chili Cookoff are, from left: Chef Patrick Fletcher of Poppy’s Restaurant (3rd place People’s Choice); Sara Crowe of BPC’s Gates Hall (Overall winner); Charles Gillis of Mount Vernon Bank (2nd place People’s Choice); and, representing the BPC Business Division, winners of the People’s Choice award, are Prof. David Kight, Dr. Charlene Williams, Chasity Davis, Prof. Randy Minton and Dr. Dean Williamson, chair of the division. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
By Kelley Arnold
Interim Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – More than 200 people participated in the first Brewton-Parker College Chili Cook-off Saturday, October 18, on the banks of Jones Lake on the Mount Vernon campus. Twelve teams, comprised of local businesses, BPC divisions/buildings and individuals, competed for the best chili in Toombs and Montgomery counties.
Prizes ranged from first, second and third People’s Choice awards with cash prizes based on votes from the attendees to several special prizes in 10 different categories judged by local celebrities. The fundraising event will benefit the renovation of McAllister Hall, the oldest women’s residence hall on the Mount Vernon campus.
The BPC Women’s Fellowship, a group of ladies affiliated with the college who organized the event, wishes to thank the following judges and teams:
Judges – Joey Fountain, Mayor of Mount Vernon; The Honorable Rubie Nell Sanders, Probate Judge of Montgomery County; Tom Peterson, President of Montgomery County Bank of Ailey; and, Sen. Tommie Williams (R-Lyons).
Teams – BPC Division of Business, BPC Division of Social Sciences, BPC Gates Hall, BPC Admissions Office, The McAllister Hall Ladies, Andrew “Kentucky” Watkins (a BPC student), BPC Men’s Basketball Team and coach John Jones, Georgia Home Hospice, Chef Patrick at Poppy’s Restaurant, College Hill Baptist Church, ARAMARK and Mount Vernon Bank.
The winners are as follows:
- Overall (a combination of People’s Choice votes and judging votes) and holder of the traveling trophy – Gates Hall
- People’s Choice: First ($50) – Business Division; Second ($25) – Mount Vernon Bank; Third ($15) – Poppy’s Restaurant
- Judging categories: “All Dressed Up Award” for the best decorated booth – Gates Hall; “Tongue Smackin’ Award” for the best seasoning – Gates Hall; “Best Lookin’ Award” – McAllister Hall Ladies; “What is That?! Award” for the ugliest – Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences; “Beaniest Award” – Poppy’s Restaurant; “Meatiest Award” – Mount Vernon Bank; “Five Alarm Award” for the hottest – Division of Business; “I’m Not That Kind Of Chili Award” for most original – Mount Vernon Bank; “Best Smellin’ Award” – Gates Hall; “Yeah, I Feel Good Award” for the best texture – Georgia Home Hospice.
Live entertainment throughout the event was provided by local talent: Eaglet Baton Twirlers (MCES), “4:59 Band”, David Fernandez playing the saw; BPC Jazz Voices; and, Harvest Chapel Youth Group Interpretive Drama. A chili carnival was provided by BPC Student Organizations and BPC Office of Student Affairs. The Historic Village of Montgomery County was also open for free tours during the cook-off.
To learn more about participating in BPC Women’s Fellowship or how to participate in next year’s cook-off, contact Jackie Smith at 583-3202.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.
Participants in the 2008 BPC Chili Cook-off had a fun “chili” day by the shore of Jones Lake on the Mount Vernon campus. This fundraising event raised more than $1,000 (“We’re still counting,” reports organizer Jackie Smith, wife of BPC President, Dr. David Smith) for the renovation of McAllister Hall, the college’s oldest women’s residence hall. (Photos by Ashley Byrd)