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Chili cook-off to put heat on firefighters
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A team of Hinesville firefighters will judge the famous “Kentucky Chucky’s Great Chili Cook Off” at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the First Baptist Church in Hinesville, 220 E. Memorial Drive.
The celebration begins with a chili cook-off featuring 20 teams in several categories and classes. Local firefighters have said they will use their secret “code three chili competition” skills sets to determine Liberty County’s best contributors in the mild and hot categories.
A people’s choice award will go to the best-looking and craziest team. Attendees will vote for the winners. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards given in each category.
Community members are invited to a free chili supper after the contest. Dinner will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. and will include all the fixins.
The event, which also includes entertainment, will celebrate the grand re-opening of First Baptist’s newly updated Christian youth facility. Chili cook-off attendees will be able to tour the center from 3-8 p.m.  
The youth facility is equipped with the latest video and recreational technology, a regulation-size billiards table, air hockey, foosball, Wi-Fi games and a wide-screen TV for screening family friendly movies. In addition, a “café” with high-top tables and a snack bar will allow young people to enjoy fellowship in an adult-supervised environment.
The Rev. Steve Davis, First Baptist’s youth director, said, “We’re really excited about our new facility and the opportunity this youth-focused area will give the young people of our community to share, grow and bond together. It is a place all their own where support can be provided for all of the community’s youth to grow in their faith, maturity and social skills.    
“We have an excellent Christian-based curriculum and have many youth-sponsored events and planned outside activities such as summer camp, fun field trips and community-assist programs,” Davis said. “Besides having a great time with others they know from school and throughout the county, all of these young men and women have an opportunity to meet and interact with others and make new friends.”

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