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Chili Cook-Off will raise funds for Pioneer Museum

The Troy Rotary Club and the Pioneer Museum of Alabama have combined to host the biggest Chili Cook-Off in the history of Pike County.

Keith Roling, Rotary member, said the Troy Rotary Club has “adopted” the Pioneer Museum of Alabama and the funds raised by the chili cook-off will benefit the museum.

Roling said plans are to construct a restroom at the museum.

“An ADA compliant restroom is a real need at the museum and will be constructed in keeping with the pioneer era,” he said.

Seven teams have already entered the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, November 23, and more are expected to cast their lot into the chili pot.

The chili cook-off entry fee is $25 and admits four team members to the event.

Each team is required to prepare five gallons of their own special chili recipe. The teams’ chili will be judged twice, once by a panel of judges and a second time by those who cast dollar votes for their favorite pot.

“The Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off is already shaping up to be a great event,” Roling said. “The cook-off will begin at 10 a.m. with chili served from11 a.m. until 2 p.m.”

Tickets for the cook-off are $15 per person or $25 for two and include chili and bottled water.  Soft beverages and hotdogs will be available for an additional fee.

A family ticket is $60 and includes a year’s membership to the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.  One hundred dollar tickets are also available with amenities including adult beverages and seating for the music.

Chili cook-off teams may register by calling 334-566-3597. Tickets for the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-Off are available at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama or from any member of the Troy Rotary Club.