Chili today, badges tomorrow

First Posted: 11/17/2014

TRUCKSVILLE — “Hog Wild Chili,” “Competition Destroye,” and “Red Lava” were among the 19 tempting chili flavors available to taste at Cub Scout Pack 155’s Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off Competition.

Held Nov. 15 at the Trucksville United Methodist Chuch Educational Building, the contest allowed guests, for a $6 donation, to taste the chilis and vote for first, second and third place winners. Proceeds help provide supplies and achievement pins, badges and awards for the Scouts.

Committee chairperson Crys Jennings said most participants are parents of the Scouts, as well as members of Trucksville United Methodist Church.

“This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year,” Jennings said.

Erik Sowga was in charge of coordinating the event for the first year. Former Scout leaders Russ Banta and Dan Shilanski returned to place their entries among the competitors. Banta is “still trying to win a trophy,” Jennings explained, noting that winners receive a trophy with a chili pot on top.

Over 100 tickets were sold to this year’s cook-off which featured Danette Mynes as the first-place winner for “Hobo Chili,” Renee Newbigging in second place with “Shark Bite 2 Revenge” and, for the second year in a row, Felicia Glover won third place with “Chili Bear.”

Glover and sons Deandre, age 8, and Devin, age 3, live on campus as part of Misericordia University’s Women with Children Program, where single mothers continue their education. She is in her second year as a Communications major. Deandre, who is in his second year as a Bear Cub Scout, attends Wycallis Elementary School.

Glover stated that Devin is a “future Cub Scout” and that she plans to enter the cook-off again next year.

“I’m going for the gold,” she stated.

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