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Chili cook-off helps community's youth

By Samantha Langley
Asst. Around the Town Editor

March 29, 2012

The Budweiser Chili Cook-Off attracted chili lovers in downtown Lumberton on March 17.

To participate in this competition, competitors had to make their chili on-site with only brown meat pre-made.

The contestants included a Boy Scouts Troop, medical centers, local restaurants and more.

The staff of Swank Bistro, located in Lumberton, dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz to help promote its chili stand.

"We participate every year in this event, because chili is one of our biggest sellers. It's always a lot of fun," said Melissa Locklear, manager of Swank Bistro.

Swank Bistro won awards for Best Chili Cook-Off Costume and Best Restaurant.

There were 13 different awards categories. Winners included:
  • Best Overall: Robeson County Head Start
  • Spiciest: WKML Hot Heads
  • Best Decorated: Robco Libre
  • Best Non-profit: Boy Scout Troop 301
All of the proceeds from the event went to sponsor the Lumberton Football Association, a local organization that provides youth football teams to the community.

"It's a great way to help the community and helps a lot of youngsters out," said Bill Starnes, spokesperson for Budweiser.

To find out more information about the Budweiser Chili-Cook Off, visit

To learn more about the Lumberton Football Association and how to help sponsor it, visit them at

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