Story by Kelli Reynolds/Staff writer/@kellidelrae
Photos by Joshua Miller/Co-editor in chief/@joshua_miller8
KLBC Radio, the Metal and Fabrication Club, Tong and Thor each impressed judges and chili-tasters to win the prizes during the Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, April 23, during the 41st Annual Mini Grand Prix at the PCC.
The Show ‘N’ Shine Car Show and live music also were parts of the largest outdoor Student Life event of the Spring semester.
The public was able to purchase a wristband to try each chili for $1. Free hot dogs, chips and water also were provided.
Bertha Lynn, a business major and member of the Entrepreneurship Club, said, “I think that it is awesome. I think it is well organized, and the price is so low, I mean, you can’t beat that. LBCC is always giving back to our students.”
Thirteen clubs entered and were categorized into traditional and non-traditional. As well as the judges’ vote, a people’s choice award was presented.
KLBC Radio won for best traditional chili as selected by the judges and the Metal and Fabrication Club won for best traditional chili in the people’s choice category. The judges’ prize for non-traditional chili went to the Tong men’s social-service club and the people tabbed the Thor men’s social-service club.
A group of employees from a wide variety of areas including Student Life, cashier’s office, facilities and English as a Second Language Department participated as judges. Sean Rivell, grounds and transportation supervisor at the PCC and a judge, said, “I would say the variety of flavors was interesting and surprising. I liked all of them. I would certainly do it again. I was surprised by the students commitment, they were very involved.”
The cook-off is organized as an opportunity for campus clubs to earn intramural points. Certain guidelines are used and each chili is judged on its aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste.