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CRO of HOPE Chili Cook-off winner announced

The winning entry in the CRO of HOPE Chili Cook-Off held Sat., Feb. 8 at the Parsons "Cool Collectibles" Collectors Show has been announced by the event organizers.

The beef chili entered by the K-LOAN team was judged to be the winning entry and won the $35 first-place award.

The chili entries were tasted and judged by a three person panel that included Cpl. Christopher Cummins of the Parsons Police Department, Bradley “Blue” Blake of KLKC radio and Lyle “Catfish” Catron, a collector at the "Cool Collectibles" show from Nevada, Mo.

Eight entries into the contest were received. Dozens of community members enjoyed sampling all of the entries throughout the afternoon, along with baked goods donated by area bakers.

The event also featured a silent auction of a limited-edition autographed print of Gary Barbaro’s induction into the Kansas City Chiefs' Ring of Honor this past NFL season. The print was donated by the Chiefs. The winning bid in the silent auction was from Matt Hoisington of Parsons.

The Parsons "Cool Collectibles" Collectors Show was sponsored by the Parsons Police Officers Association and the SKIL Resource Center, Inc., with all proceeds devoted to youth activities in the Parsons community.

The event was supported by a grant from Labette County Tourism and all local media outlets.