Chili cook-off to raise funds

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, the walkway outside of the college bookstore will be lined with tables for the Faculty Association Scholarship Committee Annual Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale.

Jeff Carlisle, history professor and committee chair said the event has been successful in the past.

“This is the third time we’ve done this,” Carlisle said. “We raised $1,797 last time.”

Carlisle outlined some changes for this year’s cook-off.

“This year the Make it, Bake it event and the chili cook-off will be two separate competitions…two separate fundraisers,” Carlisle said. “There will also be hot dogs at the cook-off so people can have chilidogs.”

Prices for the baked goods will vary, Carlisle said. The cost will be $2 per bowl of chili, $2 per hotdog, and $3 for a chili dog.

“Judges haven’t been named yet,” Carlisle said. “But the prize will be a gift certificate to Chili’s.”

No word yet on the full list of chili recipes available, Carlisle said. “We have five or six entries so far and we usually have seven or eight.”he said.

“The three that I’m aware of are turkey, pheasant, and veggie,” Carlisle said.

Reigning champion and professor of physics, Tad Thurston, said that he would be entering a “beef based” chili.

“I’m going to enter one I did a couple of years ago,” Thurston said. “I’ll be modifying it though.”

All of these efforts are to raise money for the Faculty Association scholarship fund. Stephen Morrow, humanities professor said the chili cook-off, the bake sale, and the Faculty Association garage sale are all things that he sees as helping the community.

“Doing the chili cook-off and the other things contribute to the students, which is important,” Morrow said.

For more information or to enter, contact either Jeff Carlisle at or call 405-682-1611 ext. 7391 or Michael Machiorlatti at or call 405-682-1611 ext. 7454.

To contact Mike Wormley, email

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