Chili cook-off brought fun rivalries

Gary Clark and Sam Tipton, reigning champions from last year's Chili Cook Off, competed against their wives. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Gary Clark and Sam Tipton, reigning champions from last year's Chili Cook Off, competed against their wives. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
The competition was steep on Saturday at the Marion County Lake 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, Car Show and Corn Hole Tournament.

The biggest rivalry appeared to be between couples entered in the Chili Cook Off competition. Reigning champions husbands Gary Clark and Sam Tipton were hoping to beat their wives, Annie Clark and Donna Tipton, with their chili recipe.

“We do this every year. We compete against them,” said Donna Tipton. “They won last year, but we are hopeful that we will win this year.”

Not only were bragging rights at stake, but the first place winner took home $100. The competition was friendly, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

“We’re having fun,” said Gary Clark.

In addition to the chili cook off, the Marion County Lake Chat n Dine club sold bake sale items. The proceeds from the chili cook off and bake sale will go toward Marion County Lake improvements.

All types of cars were also on display at the event. The day ended with a Corn Hole Pitching Tournament.

The couples will have to resume their rivaly next year since neither pair won this year. Another team, Kerry Moore and company won first place with their “Smoked Pork Chili”. Second place went to Bob and Barb McCurdy for their “Just Plain Chili” and third place went to Trini Finley and Jess Howard with their “Beefy Brisket Chili”. The competitors voted and selected Tawnya Frary as the winner with her “Autumn Surprise Chili”.