TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Homeless Coalition’s Bridge City Project will hold its annual chili cookoff on Feb. 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 316 Hazel Street in Texarkana, AR 71854, in front of the Salvation Army shelter.
The annual Bridge city Chili Cookoff challenges members of the community or organizations can enter their best chili in a chili cook-off competition. To register for the annual Bridge City Chili Cook-Off 2022 visit at www.txkhc.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/635963754348151?ref=newsfeed
TXKHC chair Vashil Fernandez says that the event helps the organization meet the basic needs of the homeless in the Texarkana area.
“Some of the deepest needs we have as human beings are to be heard, seen, and accepted,” Fernandez said. “It is not often that the homeless and impoverished in our community get to experience the satisfaction of these most basic needs.
“Bridge City Chili Cook-Off provides an opportunity for us as a twin city to cross the socioeconomic line and identify with the plight of our neighbors for one night while raising money to provide for their needs at the same time.”
The theme of the event is sports teams, and the TXKHC are encouraging attendees of the chili cook-off to show off their spirit for their favorite sports team. The contestant entry fee is $25, and contestants are asked to make enough chili for about 100 samples. Contestants for the chili cook-off will be judged for Best Presentation, People’s Choice, Best in Texarkana, and a special Top Restaurant category.
The funds raised through Bridge City Chili Cookoff and other projects sponsored by TXKHC will be used to fund scholarships for educational opportunities for those experiencing homelessness and provide training and technical assistance for local agencies.