God’s Country Chili wins cook-off

Published 11:42 am Friday, November 12, 2010

The Torpedo Chili team chose beef, sausage and eight cloves of garlic as some of the ingredients for its entry into Saturday’s Chili Cook-off at Barrett’s Landing in downtown Franklin.

After getting their chili on the burner, team members Scott Seddon, Kirk Deleonardo, Michelle Seddon, Jeff Harper and Barbara Tatum gathered around an outdoor heater, attempting to keep warm due to the chill in the air.

For their efforts, judges for the Downtown Franklin Association contest awarded them second place. Sponsored by City Paint & Supply, the team won $75.

God’s Country Chili took first, winning $175. Sponsored by Medicine Spring Farms, the team included Perry Burgess, Bill Davis and Chris Turner.

For the People’s Choice Award for Best Chili, the winner was Cheese Head Chili. Team members Ed and Sue Martin, Davey White, and Junior and Amanda Munford won $50. Bobby’s Muffler & Tire Center was the sponsor.

The People’s Choice Award for Best Decorated Booth went to Hillbilly Chili sponsored by Mabel’s Barbershop. Team members John and Mabel Parker and Leo Serrano won $50.

Other teams were:

n Poker Pot Chili sponsored by Southampton Towing and Emergency Educators of Virginia. Members were Taz and Lori Stevens and Tim Dunn.

n Southside Fire co-sponsored by Southside Fire Extinguisher Co. and Bond Cleaners. Team members were Bob, Kate and William Archer.

n Bryan Fenters State Farm Insurance sponsored by the agency. Team members were Fenters and Kyle Cousins.

Coast 2 Coast Entertainment provided music, inflatables for children and a cornhole contest. Mark Council and Allen Drewry won the cornhole contest.

n Lee Bell Eure of Gates, N.C., stopped by the other day to show two sweet potatoes she harvested from her garden. One weighed 7.15 pounds and the other, 4.65 pounds.

“It’s a miracle ‘I hollered,’” was Lee’s reaction to the potatoes. “It’s as big as a pumpkin. One sweet potato made a bushel this year.”

She’s considering using them to make tater pudding, tater jacks and sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. Lee figures she can get about five pies from one potato.

n A team from Hubs Peanuts walked in last Saturday’s 5K Race for Breath in Virginia Beach. The group endured the chilly morning to raise money for lung cancer research on behalf of longtime employee Carolyn Funkhouser and close family members of other employees who have suffered with lung cancer.

Team members were Vivian Christie, Hunter Peck, Ada Butler, Diane Bracy, Jean West, Rod Phelps, Lynne Rabil, Cathy Felts, Carolyn Funkhouser, Gary Funkhouser, Dana Devantier, Bobby Varmette, Kaye Daughtrey and Tricia Phelps.

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. It kills more Americans than breast, prostate, colorectal, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined. Approximately 50 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer either never smoked, or quit smoking at the time of diagnosis.