'Best ever' cookoff raises funds for Gracious Grounds

Becky Vargo • Aug 27, 2018 at 6:52 PM

FERRYSBURG — The 2018 version of the Smith’s Bayou Chili Cookoff was the “best ever,” according to co-organizer Rebecca Hopp.

“A huge group attended and the financial support was amazing,” said Hopp, who has chaired the event with JoAnn Grotemat for the past 12 years.

Proceeds from the cookoff will be donated to Gracious Grounds, which is raising funds to build a facility in Ferrysburg.

Tom Devlin was a quadruple winner at last Saturday’s event, taking People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, winning the Hot & Spicy category and taking honorable mention for the best-decorated booth.

Akiko Poel won the White Chili category while Nancy Manglos took top honors in the Meek & Mild division. Terry and Marilyn Benkert had the best-decorated booth.

While Grotemat and her husband, Terry, announced they are retiring from the event, Hopp said the cookoff will continue to be held on Cecelia Street in Ferrysburg.




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