Knox County Engineering & Public Works hosted the third 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 $660 for Knox County Consolidated Charities. The $5 entrance fee gave attendees an all-you-can-eat pass to taste the 17 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 Environmental Health Manager Ronnie Nease. First place went to Winter Day Chili by Lynn Kidd, second to Easy Chili by Debbie See and third place to It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere by Dwight Van de Vate. The People's Choice Award went to Smokey Mountain Classic Chili by Paul Keeney.
The event was organized by Kaye Heatherly, fleet administrator in the Knox County Fleet Service Division.