In preparation for the annual Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff, employees of NBC Bank participated in their own chili competition to decide who’s batch will represent NBC at the citywide event.
Five employees presented chili for a panel of judges to evaluate based on aroma, color, consistency, taste and aftertaste on a scale from zero to 10. Three employees brought salsa to be judged as well by coworkers to be entered in to the salsa competition at the chili cookoff.
Three judges, Mike Duffy, Jason Winters, and Ted Detwiler met at the NBC building Friday to pick the best chili and lucky cook who will be representing NBC Bank at the annual chili cookoff Oct. 1 at the Jackson County Couthouse Square.
Like the Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff, NBC Bank awarded cash prizes to the first, second, and third place winners, as well as the honor of cooking up a batch big enough for the whole city to enjoy.
Third place was awarded to Jeff Greenlee, the bank’s Altus Market President, second place was awarded to Elizabeth Marcha, and first place went to Lori Holt. NBC Bank will be providing her with all the ingredients she needs to enter her prize-winning chili in to the Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff.
Members of Main Street Altus attended to show support and promote the Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff, presenting Holt with an event shirt as a bonus prize.
The Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff has been an event in Altus for 22 years. Last year, there were more than 50 chili and barbecue entries with more than 2,500 people in attendance.
This year, Main Street Altus organizers expect no less. Along with chili and barbecue, a category for salsa had been added. Registration begins at 9 a.m., tasting at 10 a.m. and attendees can expect live entertainment all morning leading up to the award presentations at 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Amy Cobb at the Main Street Altus Office at 580-482-2277.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.