Friday chili contest to benefit Day of the Cowboy event

From Staff Reports

Jan. 21, 2008 - The Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse will sponsor a Cowboy Chili Contest Friday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

Proceeds from the contest will benefit the July 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy celebration, a free event sponsored by Circle E Western Store.

The competition is open to all ages, with the entry fee being $10. Bring three to four quarts of home-cooked, ready-to-eat chili to the Civic Center in a crockpot. Remember to include a ladle when packing up, because cooks will serve chili to the public after judging is complete. Crackers and cheese will be provided.

There will also be a silent auction featuring a Western-themed quilt, made by local quilter Elaine Sprague and donated to the contest by the Downtown Business Alliance.

The contest will also feature several entertainers. Devon Dawson, who contest organizers say provided the singing voice for “Jessie, the Yodeling Cowgirl” in the movie “Toy Story 2,” will be performing, along with David E. Young and his Western Swing band, The Old Cowboys. There will be a dance floor available.

Hopkins County native and cowboy poet Monte Teel will also be performing. Both Teel and Dawson were recently featured in Western Horseman magazine.

Cash prizes of $200 and $100 will be awarded for first and second place, respectively.

Costs for a bowl of chili, drink and dessert is $5.

For more information, contact Enola Gay Mathews at 903-438-3568, or mail the entry fee to Chili Contest, P O Box 284, Sulphur Springs, Tx. 75483.

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