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Chili cook-off spicy fundraiser for Scouts

TRUCKSVILLE – Boy Scout Pack 155, Trucksville, is looking for local chili connoisseurs to help taste test and judge its second annual chili cook-off called “The Repeat.”

The fiery event will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Hall of the Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville.

Refreshments will be on hand to freshen the taste buds and put out the flames.

Tickets are $5 and participants can taste the homemade chilies and vote for their favorite. Tickets are limited, but that shouldn’t keep anyone from showing up, said Russ Banta, event organizer and Scout leader.

“We have about 110 tickets,” he said. “We can accommodate 110 to 120 people, but we will not turn anyone away.” Banta said all proceeds will benefit the Scouts.

Last year, the pack raised about $350 from the cook-off, he said.

“The money went to purchase belt loops and pins, which the boys earn through activities, and to purchase the Pine Wood Derby kits.”

The idea for a chili cook-off was one Banta had in the back of his mind years ago. He said the Pack had not held any fundraisers in a few years.

Rolling up their sleeves, troop leaders and parents began cooking up a storm. Banta said he is very thankful for their help and the support of the community.

“The event has created playful competition and some light trash talking among the parents,” he said.

Stirring the pot of competition, many parents have combined ingredients for new recipes and mouth-watering names for their chili, such as “Rib Stickin’ Lip Lickin’ Chili” and “Tantalizing Tailwind Chili.”

Banta said after loosing last year to den leader, Renee Newbigging, he retreated to his “test kitchen” to redevelop his recipe.

He said that this year there will be trophies offered for the first, second and third place, plus a traveling trophy will be introduced.

Banta said the idea of the traveling trophy is similar to the Old Shoe trophy Dallas and Lake-Lehman football teams battle for annually.

Currently there are 22 registered chilies promising a variety of concoctions to suit every palette. Participants might have a hard time choosing a winner.

If you go

Boy Scouts Pack 155, Trucksville, hosting the second annual chili cook-off from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday in Memorial Hall of the Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville.

Tickets are $5 and allow participants to taste the chilies and vote for their favorite. For tickets or information, call Russ Banta, 696-2833.

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