Knox County Engineering & Public Works hosted the second annual Knox County Consolidated Charity Chili Cook-off Friday afternoon at its complex on Baxter Avenue.
More than 120 employees attended the interdepartmental chili competition, which raised $635 for the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee in memory of Brian McCroskey. The $5 entrance fee gave attendees an all-you-can-eat pass to taste the 20 homemade chilies entered in the contest.
A panel of celebrity judges rated the chilies prior to the event and prizes were awarded to the top three. Judges included Neal Denton from the UT Agriculture Extension Office and Knox County Purchasing Director Hugh Holt. First place went to TrueMaine Chili by Phillip May, second to Chilly Day Chili by Lynn Kidd and third place to Sign Slop Chili by Buddy Loy and Darrell Lawson.
The event was organized by Kaye Heatherly, fleet administrator in the Knox County fleet service division.