Heating up taste buds for a fun time, good cause

The sounds of laughter and the smell and taste of chili made Oct. 20 a tasty day for folks who visited Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell.

Oct. 20 was a day for chili and fun at the Rotary Club Chili Cookoff for Education as teams gathered on the property of the dealership beside the Shed. Jeff Eberting, Rotary Club of Maryville director for community service, said the volunteers took about 200 tickets at the door. “The current projected figure is that we netted probably over $3,000, which is fantastic. This pays for the dictionary project.

The Rotary Club of Maryville gives a dictionary to every third grade student in Maryville and Blount County schools. The Rotary Club of Alcoa provides dictionaries to students in the Alcoa City Schools.

“I’m already writing down notes and making plans for next year. We’re hoping next to plan for a weekend when UT has a bye and may get some bands to perform,” Eberting said.

Sixteen teams participated in the event. First place went the “Prom Queen Team “made up of three women from Rotary, Carol LaRue, Karen Wentz and Beth Stubbs. Second place went to “My Catering Guy.”

The People’s Choice Award went to the Chili Bean Counters and Tracey Carrico. The Best Booth was Steve Dison with Realty Executives.

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