On Saturday, April 12, the City of Belton once again served as host of the 5th Annual South Carolina Chili Cook Off. A nice turnout of cooks served up another successful year of outstanding chili and salsa. Yours truly, Belton Fire, was on hand looking to defend our Sportsmanship Award and improve on our second place finish in the People's Choice Award. A new addition to the competition was the Hot Chili Eating Contest where contestants downed as many bowls of chili as they could in five minutes. Four Season's owner, Nathan Key served as our firefighter chef this year and produced an outstanding bucket of chili along with a "not for the faint of heart" pot of Mayday 9 alarm chili. As if you expected anything else, our very own Firefighter Ben Sutton took home first place honors along with a couple of nice prizes. After a long day of passing out samples, ringing the bell and Pepto Bismol, our crew successfully repeated as the Sportsmanship Award winners and produced another second place People's Choice award. Thanks to all those involved we had a blast!
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