Chili Cook-off's later date leads to new challenge for TCAT Elizabethton students

John Thompson • Nov 30, 2018 at 11:14 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There were some significant changes to this year’s chili cook-off competition at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton.

The chili tasted as delicious as it always has since the competition began when the school was located on top of Arney Hill more than 20 years ago. And the school once again had the aroma of chili on what has become Student Appreciation Day. It is still a fun day that both students and faculty look forward to participating in.

But the big change was that the event was held on the last of November instead of the last of October. Certainly the cooler temperatures did nothing to take away from the chili. The warm and rich chili may have tasted even better. But one drawback to holding the event later in the year is the inability to have the pumpkin carving contests, that has always been a dual competition to the cooking contest.

The problem is that after Halloween, there just aren’t any surviving pumpkins to be carved into jack-o’-lanterns. So, this year, the pumpkin carving event was replaced with a scarecrow event, and the result was just as frightful as some of the school’s best jack-o’-lanterns.

The winners of the Chili Cook-Off were: 

1st place: machine tool class;

2nd place: diesel day class;

3rd place: pipe fitting class.

The champion scarecrow builders are:

1st place: welding class from Arney HIll;

2nd place: phlebotomy class;

3rd place: administrative office technology;

4th place: millwright class.

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