The inaugural Paula Wade Scholarship Chili Cook Off will feature the cooking contest, live music and kid-friendly events. It will be held in the car dealership’s parking lot on Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All funds raised at the event will benefit the the Paula Wade Scholarship Award, which was started in 2009 after the longtime Walker High School teacher died after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. Wade taught English at the school from 1976 to 1998.
“We’ve raised money for the scholarship for the last few years, and we’ve been able to give a $1,500 scholarship,” said Heath Wade, son of the late teacher and organizer of the cook off. “We wanted to raise the bar this year and raise more funds so we can expand the scholarship opportunities.”
Wade said approximately 15 teams have already registrered for the event. Organizers are still accepting teams. The entry fee is $150 for a four-person team. Anyone interested can visit pwschilicookoff.com for more information.
Trophies will be awarded for Best Overall Chili (1st, 2nd and 3rd place), People’s Choice Award and the Spirit Award.
The Best Overall choices will be selected by a panel of judges, while People’s Choice is voted on by ticket holders at the event. The Spirit Award will go to the team with the best tent decoration and costumes.
Tickets for the chili cook off are $10 and can be purchased at the event’s website or at Scott Crump Toyota the day of the event. Tickets give access to the cook off and samples of each of the entries as well as all the entertainment. The ticket also gives its holder a vote in the People’s Choice competition.
Scott Crump Toyota’s Glenn Barton said the car dealership is excited about partnering with the scholarship fund for the event.
“This is a great event for our community, and that is what we are all about,” he said. “All the money raised from this event will stay in Jasper. The scholarship will go to a Walker student that will be going to Bevill State. We want the community to come support this cook off.”
Walker students interested in applying for the scholarship should see the school’s guidance counselor.