By TOSHA BAKER
It was all about trying chili and having fun at the second annual Red River Gorge/Nada Tunnel Festival Rook Tournament and Chili Cook-Off at the Middle Fork Fire Department on Saturday.
Five different chilies, each with its own unique flavor, were given to guests to sample and then vote on. The makers of the chili included Patty Brown, Vanessa Brown, Donnie Lawson, Carolyn Hall and Joe Bowen. The winner of the cook-off was Patty Brown, who now has bragging rights for making the best chili.
One table at the Rook tournament was occupied by two reigning champs from last year, Dwain Anderson and Rick Tyra. They were competing against Timmy Tipton and Jimmy Crow for this year’s winner’s plaque. Dwight Brown, Greg Crabtree, Sidney Elam and Bubba Fugate were also in attendance.
In the end, Dwight Brown and Sidney Elam were the winners of the tournament; they now have the plaque and bragging rights until next year’s Rook tournament.