The eighth annual Hinesville Community Chili Cook-off and Festival on Saturday at First Presbyterian Christian Academy was an event full of food, entertainment and fun activities for children and families.
The annual festival helps raise funds for the school year. FPCA Principal Shannon Hickey said that attendees also can look to gain fellowship in the Hinesville community.
“[It’s] just a good community time. Just enjoying company in a wholesome environment. Safe, friendly, family event,” Hickey said.
Activities included inflatables including a zip-line, a giant slide and a soda ring toss.
The main attraction was this year’s contestants in the chili cook-off. With six contestants in the running, each bowl of chili brought its own unique style.
Most provided toppings for the chili, but a few actually had sides to compliment it. Assistant Liberty County Administrator Bob Sprinkel displayed his famous homemade pimento-cheese sandwiches, and First Presbyterian Church had mini cornbread muffins to dip or chew on in between bites.
Those who had booths were: Charles Canup, a teacher at FPCA; First Presbyterian Church; U.S. Real Estate Professionals; Bob Sprinkel; Main Street Coordinator Brooke Childers with the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority; and Kelly Franz, also a teacher at FPCA.
First — Bob Sprinkel with First Baptist Church of Hinesville
Second — First Presbyterian Church of Hinesville
People’s choice — Charles Canup with FPCA
Parent and Child — Anthony Dulski
Upperschool (grades 6-12) — Luke Chalsont
Adult presentation — Carol Schetromps
Taste — Lindsay Helt