Things were hot and spicy at First Church of the Nazarene on Feb. 6, and the visitors seemed to like it that way. The church was the site of the 8th annual CAPPE ChiliFest.
The ChiliFest is organized each year by the Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension as a community event and fundraiser. Cooks enter their chili for judging, which also includes a People’s Choice award that is determined by popular vote of those attending the event.
This year’s event drew a cross section of the community, CAPPE board member and communications committee chair Nina Gregg said.
“Our 8th Chili Fest was a wonderful community event with lots of fun for everyone who competed, donated to the bake sale or who came to taste the chilies and vote for the People’s Choice winner,” Gregg said. “We always enjoy seeing familiar faces and welcoming newcomers to the ChiliFest and look forward to the next one in 2011.”
Gregg said the ChiliFest drew a hungry crowd to taste chili from 14 contestants. This year’s winners, selected by three judges, were Bobbi Aplin in the Beef division; Lee Franks in the Other Meats division; and Gail Harris in Vegetarian.
The People’s Choice Award was won by “Papa’s Beef Chili,” made by returning winner Bill Busser.
“It has just been a great community event. People come and have fun tasting the different chilies and voting for their favorite,” Gregg said. “That’s really what we wanted to do.”
The mission of Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension (CAPPE) is to educate the public about issues regarding and the impacts of the Pellissippi Parkway Extension.
CAPPE is a non-profit citizens group opposed to the Pellissippi Parkway Extension. CAPPE members say their supporters are Blount County residents and other concerned citizens who believe this interstate highway is not needed, wastes state resources and will have negative impacts on the area along the route and on the quality of life in Blount County as a whole.