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First UMC 2nd Annual Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off Competition & Silent Auction

February 23

Save the date and join us for an evening of family fun, food, fellowship and a friendly time of cooking competition! Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) Missions Committee will host their second annual Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off competition on Sun., Feb. 23, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall located at 211 Porter Street.

The cooking competition is open to all ages, all local organizations and amateur cooks only. A non-refundable entry fee of $10.00 secures table space. Advance registration is required by Wed., Feb. 19, 2020. Teams will be allowed to begin space set-up at 3:00 p.m. Food and space judging begins at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Teams will have the opportunity to compete in one of the food categories as well as the Best Decorated Table Space category by decorating their table with a theme of the team’s choice.

Cook-off event ticket donations are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth ages 4 to12 and children age 3 and under are free; event tickets will be available at the door. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. for competition food sampling, which includes soup, chili and gumbo samples, crackers, and drinks. Adult ticket holders will receive 5 tickets to vote for their favorite Soup, Chili or Gumbo and youth ages 4-12 will receive 3 voting tickets. Additional voting tickets will be available at the event for $1.00 each. First Place People’s Choice awards will be presented in each Soup, Chili and Gumbo category and for the Best Decorated Table Space. Winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to this year’s event, a silent auction will be held during the cook-off competition. All proceeds from the cook-off fundraiser will benefit Center First United Methodist Church Missions.

Following is a link for complete rules and the cook-off entry registration form. For additional information, please contact Becky Parfait, Center First UMC Missions Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off Coordinator at (936) 332-3456, beckyparfait@yahoo.com or Pastor Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707.



February 23