Thousands turned out for hot wings, chili and salsa

Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

“I made 40 gallons last night and the pot wasn’t filled up. I was making it until 1 o’clock this morning,” said Tim Newton, a past president and member of the Cherry Point-Havelock Rotary Club. “We had 31 pounds of venison in ours. All of the Rotarians bring a gallon or two a piece and we just keep adding to it.”

It takes a lot of chili, as about 10 members of the group spent the whole day stirring a 50-gallon pot as five members of their interact club served the $1-a-cup samples.

“We want to keep our title as People’s Choice winner,” Newton said. “We’ve won I don’t know how many years in a row,” Newton said. “It’s all for a good cause.”

“It gives back to the people,” said rotary member Jim Freeman. “This is a big thing going back so many years. It’s wonderful that we have a big place to have it.”

Jermaine Franks came down from Raleigh to compete in the red chili competition and then sold out his batch.

“We’re all sold out,” he said. “We sold probably 250 to 260 cups. I feel pretty good. This is my first time in Havelock. I thought there was a pretty good turnout. Great music. Great crowd. We’re definitely going to do it again next year.”

Julie Brown, of Winterville, also sold out.

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