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Annual Chili Cook-off spices up Pembroke day
Travis Moore, right, samples some "Masterpiece Chili" cooked up by Carol Duggar, left and Carolyn Morgan.

Aromas of spices, peppers, onions and more could be smelled on the sidewalks of downtown Pembroke Saturday when dozens of people gathered at the Senior Citizens Center for the city’s fourth annual Chili-Cook Off.
The event, sponsored by the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce, boasted eight chili vendors and three celebrity judges. Chamber president Mary Warnell said she received a lot of positive feedback from attendees, and was very pleased with the turnout.
“People that have come have come and stayed, and all of them say they want to have a fifth (cook-off),” she said.
Celebrity judges included radio personality Big Mac from Kix 96 and Newman Dotterweich and Tiffany Pennington from West Rehab. Event attendees were also given People’s Choice tokens to award the vendor they thought cooked up the best dish, Warnell said.
Dotterweich said he had a lot of fun judging each tasty recipe, but also said the competition got tougher with each sample he had.
“It was a good time—there was some really great chili and very unique chili,” he said.
Taking home first place for the second year in a row was Joseph Waters, with his signature batch of “This Butt’s for You.” He was happy to have won the competition again.
“I was absolutely glad to win, we look forward to this every year,” he said.

Read more in the Feb. 29 edition of the News.

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