Athens Chili Challenge features friendly competition, local artists’ autographed items for sale

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - The campus of Athens High School campus was packed Saturday, and it was all in the name of supporting a local cause.

The annual Hospice of Limestone County Chili Challenge and Silent Auction brought a swarm of supportive residents to the school gym.

The Hospice of Limestone County provides our community serves as the county's only non-profit hospice.

Thirty-two challengers made their best version of chili, including law enforcement, elected officials, business owners, and churches. Judges made their selections and residents also had the chance to vote for a People's Choice winner.

The event also featured a silent auction and Limestone County's own talent helped support the cause.

"We have had such great support from Alabama Shakes every year," said Athens spokesperson Holly Hollman. "This year they autographed Sound and Color, their Grammy-nominated album, so it's up for silent auction."

Anderson East also autographed some items for sale and Lillian Glanton, who was on American Idol, performed at the event.

Athens Police won for best booth, complete with a full costumed chicken for their Chicken Coop Chili.

Bold Move by First United Methodist won the People's Choice. Bill Daws for Git R Done Chili won the Best Individual, and Asahi for Riding Sun Chili won for Best Group.

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