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Chili and Rockchoppy make for hot time at annual Cook Off

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By BELINDA MCELROY
PRINCIPAL,
CRAWFORDVILLE ELEMENTARY

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Chili, music and lots of fun spread through the cafeteria of Crawfordville Elementary during the annual Chili Cook Off Friday evening. There were 26 entries hoping to win one of the coveted titles in five categories and take home the medal and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
The judges had to consume a lot of chili and drink a lot of water, but they were able to narrow the selections and decide on the top three most scrumptious chili concoctions. Best non-traditional went to the first grade team’s White Chicken Chili. Best traditional went to Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department 10/8 Chili. Best “spicy but pleasing” went to Brandi and Dusty Long’s Yankee Chili. Best presentation went to our front office team and their Spice Girls costumes.
The “People’s Choice” award allows everyone to vote on their favorite chili of the night, and once again a Crawfordville team was selected. Our third grade team won this popular category with their Barnyard Chicken Chili.
Chili was not the only good thing going on Friday night. The local and electrifying band Rockchoppy volunteered to set the tone for the night with their deliciously contagious rock-n-roll music.  
The dance floor was packed with young and not so young dancing, singing, and enjoying that “Rockchoppy” magic all night.
All of the proceeds will be used for a $500 high-school scholarship.   Any graduating Wakulla High School senior and former Cougar of at least four years is eligible.  
Crawfordville Elementary School would like to thank all of the participants who entered their chili, the families who attended, and Rockchoppy.
 A big thanks to our judges for the use of their stomachs and their time.
Our judges were Wakulla County Sheriff Jared Miller, Sandy Moore of Riversprings Middle School, Wakulla County Schools Superintendent Bobby Pearce, Director of Human Resources and former principal of CHS Angie Walker, Director of Adult, Athletic and Diversity Recruitment Programs Dod Walker, and Supervisor of Elections Buddy Wells.
We would also like to thank the many volunteers who made the evening a sensational one, including faculty and staff for their time and investment in raising funds to help children succeed.