Thousands turned out for hot wings, chili and salsa

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

“That’s it,” she said as she spooned the last cup out of her pot Saturday afternoon.

“We’re served a couple of hundred at least,” said Brown, who is in her second time at the festival and was one of the 20 competition cooks. “On red (chili) I think I did better this year because of the spices and the whole methodical process. I had my mind in the right spot. I had to focus.”

Jamie Grady, of Mt. Olive, came to compete too.

“I felt like I done real well,” he said, after selling out of his red chili. “I enjoy it. This year it seemed like it was better than last year. I think I understood the way it was organized more than I did last year.”

Duncan said she had “people coming out of the woodwork” to volunteer. It takes help to organize and serve 80 vendors, the 20 cooks and 100 booths at the festival.

People do work together to make it happen year after year.

Friday night, after the rain began, a decision was made not to let the vendors drive on the grass lot during the break-down in an effort to keep the mud down on Saturday.

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