Cook-Off Re­sults

Catron Courier - - News - by Macken­zie Baldridge

Cool morn­ing tem­per­a­tures didn't stop the con­tes­tants from heat­ing things up at the First An­nual Chile Cook -Off held by Ca­tron County Youth As­so­ci­a­tion (CCYA). Stock pots and Dutch ovens were filled with se­cret in­gre­di­ents and left to sim­mer while lo­cals lined up to taste the chile. When things got too hot, mouth-wa­ter­ing desserts were served to put out the flames. Judges Con­nie Cordell, Jackie Fryer, and John Swen­son had the chal­leng­ing task of se­lect­ing win­ners in each cat­e­gory.

The win­ners cir­cle was led by Tawnya Kaber who took first place in chile, fol­lowed by Yolanda De­Lao in sec­ond place, Joe Dempsey and David Shum in third.

Joe Dempsey and David Shum took the lead in the dessert cat­e­gory, with Ar­den Ward in sec­ond place.

Peo­ple's Choice win­ners were Aaron Baldridge—chile, Joe Dempsey and David Shum—dessert.

Amanda Ghert took home the show­man­ship award for the best dec­o­rated ta­ble.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners and thank you to the judges.

Af­ter the awards, spec­ta­tors headed over to the barn to wait for Shane and Jan At­wood's cow to mark the spot in Cow Pie Bingo. Con­grat­u­la­tions to David Wissler who pur­chased the win­ning square. Fi­nally, mus­cles were stretched, flexed and maybe pulled dur­ing the anvil toss and hu­man-trac­tor pulls. This year was a great start and we look for­ward to next year!

Pro­ceeds from the CookOff go to CCYA and help sup­port our lo­cal chil­dren's events. We are so blessed to be part of a com­mu­nity that is so sup­port­ive of our youth. Thank you for all you do!

Cook-Off Spon­sors were: Bob and Jean At­wood, Shane and Jan At­wood, Franky Chavez, Lori Harvell, Cyrus Swen­son, Zakeya Swen­son, Bill and Bette Wheat­ley, Adobe Cafe, Alma Store, Black Gold, Ca­tron Garage, Glen­wood Trad­ing Post, Henry's, K & B Tim­ber­works, Marthas and Marys Thrift Store, and The Rock Shop, and of course the com­mu­nity who came out and sup­ported us!

CCYA also wrapped up an­other ex­cit­ing sea­son of soc­cer in Oc­to­ber and would like to thank our team spon­sors: Jake's Mar­ket, Black Gold, NEC, and Adobe Does BBQ.

Our coaches; John Swen­son, Ar­den Ward, and Sarah Nor­ton, do a great job with the kids and al­ways bring plenty of fun and en­thu­si­asm, thank you!

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