On Saturday Feb. 3, the Bridgeport Lion’s Club hosted their annual Chili Challenge in the gymnasium at Bridgeport Middle School. 

Eighteen Chili teams competed in the cook-off consisting of individuals, businesses and political candidates from all over Jackson County.

The teams were Chris Gulley, Keshia Gardner, Kim Rice, Kim Paris, Ellis Lang, Parker Edmiston, Rip Gipson, Suzette Appleton, Brian Guess, Houston Thomas, Lisa Parton, Pattie Morris, Loria Summers, Saida Bices, Michale Counts – Kevin Dukes, Tommy Haines, Brandon Evans and Don Privitte. 

For a $5 ticket price, attendees were given cups and directed to visit each chef for a taste of their chili entry.  After all entries were sampled, the crowd was directed to anonymously vote for their favorite. 

Kim Rice, chief clerk for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, who cooked for the Chuck Phillips campaign, won the first-place prize.  Second place was awarded to Houston Thomas. 

All monies raised from the Chili Challenge will go towards funding scholarships for local high school students. 

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