Fayette County Chapter Throws Chili Cook-Off

Chili is serious business for the Texas Exes Fayette County Chapter.

The chapter’s second annual chili cook-off, held Saturday, gathered 24 culinary competitors and about 350 fans (and tasters) in the town of High Hall, Texas.

The competition was even certified by the Chili Appreciation Society International, the official regulatory organization for serious chili cook-offs around the globe.

Marie Watts, the chapter’s communications director, says that the final numbers are still coming in, but she expects the event to have raised at least $2,000 toward scholarships.

“It’s exciting to see so many alumni come out and build community and have a good time,” Watts says. “We even had a former scholarship recipient as a DJ.”

Texas Exes assistant director of chapters Laura Carpenter was on hand to serve as a judge. “The cook-off was a blast,” Carpenter says. “And it was great that the winner just happened to have a burnt-orange frying pan.”

Photo by Laura Carpenter.


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