By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner
An estimated 600 people attended the annual Stephens County Republican Chili Cook-off held Saturday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center’s Territory Hall.
Every year it’s a battle to see who will win the top tasted chili title, but this year, there were four categories of awards — Best Non-political Chili by an individual or business, Best Political Chili by a candidate or official, the Best Dressed Booth, and the Taster’s Choice where individuals could vote for their favorite chili.
For those who haven’t ever attended, 600 people might seem like a lot of people just for chili. For the regulars who participate, it’s a fall party. Twenty booths were set up and there was a kid’s carnival, karaoke, live music and the OU game on a huge screen. Also, live music was provided by Allen Wooten with the Cowboy Opry Comanche Music Store.
“The event went very well this year thanks to those that participated and all the volunteers that showed up to help out,” said Hope Sutterfield, who was organizer of this year’s event.
Judging the Best Chili and Best Dressed Booth were Duncan Mayor Gene Brown, John Roberts, political director for the Oklahoma Republican Party, and William Moore.
Sheriff Wayne McKinney won 1st place for Taster’s Choice award; State Auditor Gary Jones won 1st place for the Best Political Chili; Dr. Zane ad Janet DeLaughter won 1st place for the Best Non-Political Chili; Richard and Sally Sutterfield won 1st place for Best Dressed Booth with their Duck Dynasty Booth.