Judges this year will be Robin Searcy of the Palestine YMCA; Brian Rucker of Rucker Equipment Company; and Bryan Jones of Red Hat Rentals. Everyone who comes will have a chance to vote for their favorite in the “People’s Choice” category.
“And after all the chili is tasted, and the popular vote is done, they'll start raffling out the tickets at $1 a piece,” Westgate said.
Adam Perry and Cory Rowell, both employees of the utilities department, are the co-chairs of this year’s cookoff.
“It was an easy choice for us,” Perry said of their choice to volunteer. “We wanted to make it easier on a family or two who just needed a little help during the holiday and spread holiday cheer to their families.”
Prizes were donated from the following businesses: Red Hat Rentals, Chicken Express, Fastenal, Ruckers Equipment Co., Sweet Frog, Don Mario’s, Giovanni’s, Jamie’s Therapeutic Touch, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Dogwood 6, Subs and Dogs, Braly’s Hardware, City Pawn Shop, Little Mexico, Charles E. Dickens Fine Jewelry, Texas Art Depot, Granny Muffin Wines, Dogwood Petting Farm and Cream and Coffee. Donations continue to arrive.
For more information or to donate to the benefit, contact Palestine City Hall at 903-731-8400 or the Palestine Visitor Center at 903-723-3014.
Westgate encouraged the public to attend.
“We would love for them to come and try the chili and support the effort,” she said.