By Paul Ingvaldsen / Staff Writer

The ASB-funded 39th annual chili cook-off began Tuesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. in front of the A Building at the LAC.

Assembling kettles of beans, meat and spices, contestants from seven campus clubs fired up concoctions and began cooking. The event concluded at 1 p.m. and the winners were announced by members of the LBCC royal court.

Counselor Erainia Freeman, Vice President of  Student Support Services Gregory Peterson and math teacher Pablo Bert presented the Judges Award’s first place trophy to college radio club KCTY. Second place went to service club Thor.

The People’s Choice Award, selected by student voters, gave first place to Alpha Gamma Sigma, the honors club. The Ladies of Athena won second place.

Club displays were also judged with first place for the best display going to The Ladies of Athena. Isis won second place and TNT came in third.

Surveying the clubs and their displays, Student Life coordinator Teila Robertson said, “This is actually going to be my first Chili Cook-off. It looks cool. I should have entered my chili.”

ASB Event coordinator Hilda Franco explained the relationship with LBCC’s Chili Cook-off and the Mini Grand Prix. “The Chili Cook-off is a part of the Mini Grand Prix for 39 years.  It took a little longer this year because of construction. We had to be aware of new lawns and not to mess up the grass.”

Franco’s sentiments were echoed by Ryan Langley, 28, a kinesiology major and ASB student athletes representative, who said, “I’m coordinating the event with the Mini Grand Prix. I’ve helped the advisers for the last four years. I knew it was going to be a lot of work.”

Down at the end of the line of cooking clubs, the Coalition for Latino Advancement had students lining up for a cool drink of Jamba Juice. When asked if they had planned their event to coincide with the chili cook-off, Alejandro Campos, 19, an undeclared major, said, “It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it. It just happened.”