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About 150 people attended the 3rd annual chili cook-off and desert auction in Crane on Saturday (01-25-14.)

The $1391 that was raised will benefit the city Skate Park that was established with a $5,000 grant from skateboard champion Tony Hawk.  ARC Ramp Company matched the $5,000, according to community activist Kathy Davidson.

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Judges for the competition were Northern Commissioner Mark Maples, Stone County Assessor Brad Hudson, Barry Smith with Building Hope, Danny Starforth, and Eleen Pallotto who owns Pet Kutz.

Winners of the Judges choice was Tracey Howard, Dustiey Howard and Amber Wood.  Second place honors went to John and Cindy Elmore.  Third place was awarded to Denise Dickens and Rhonda Campbell.

Tracey Howard and her team

In the people's choice division, Dickens and Campbell took the top prize.  Second place went to Jim and Suzie Farrow.  Third place bragging rights were awarded to Michelle Morris.

Dickens and Campbell also won best decorated table.

Rhonda Campbell and Denise Dickens

Richard Kent won the top prize for most unusual chili, which was followed by a Green Verde Chili made by Beth Thompson.

Paula Hill Flack and Richard Kent

Forrest Thompson served as auctioneer for the desert sale.  Top selling item was an "Alan Jackson" cake that sold for $56.

Forrest Thompson gets some help from Coby Brannan

"It's the best turnout we've ever had," said Davidson.

Plans are currently underway for a free community Easter dinner to be held on April 19th.   Food donations to help with the dinner will be accepted by Davidson once plans are firmed up.