• By John McDaniel Midway Correspondent

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Midway’s chili wars continued last Monday night as 20 plus chili chefs brought their pots of chili into Fellowship Hall at the Midway Christian Church where the church held its annual church chili cook-off. The five-year-old event was well attended as it seems that more and more come to the event each year.

The judging format was a bit different this year as the attendees voted on their favorites. The problem with this format is that there wasn’t enough chili for everyone to taste everything. I think I got to sample about six of the entries and I didn’t get my vote in on time. The six that I tried were great. I think I did get to sample the entry that came in second after scraping the bottom of the dish to get a spoonful to taste.

The winners were announced and Steve Morgan was first announced as the winner. Upon further review the announcer realized that she had made an error à la Steve Harvey style and had to retract her announcement. Steve Morgan had actually finished in second place, Teresa Hoppin took third place with Midway resident and, 15-year-old Woodford County High School student Alex Woodruff walking off with top honors.

Try to remember this event for next year and make it a point to get out and try some of these recipes.

In fact, to make this event more fun, you have all year to perfect your own chili recipe and enter next year. You might even be able to give your chili a dry run this summer if the Midway Merchants Association decides to have a second annual chili cook-off this year.

While we are on the subject of cooking, Midway Chef Ouita Michel at Holly Hill Inn, was featured on Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs last Sunday. She demonstrated how she made her famous shrimp and grits at her Windy Corners Restaurant. Michel will be featured in this month’s Midwegians in the News.

Bluegrass Tomorrow will be recognizing their 2017 Vision Award winners Feb. 6 at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort. Among the distinguished winners will be Midway’s President John Marsden, who will be awarded the Excellence in Education Vision Award, for the remarkable turnaround at Midway University.

Other recipients will include Herb Miller of Columbia Gas, Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby, President John Marsden of Midway University, Larry Jones of Community Trust Bank, and Ky. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

The two highest awards that Bluegrass Tomorrow bestows are the Bluegrass Legacy Award which will be presented to George Lusby, Scott County Judge Executive, for his over 50 years of service to Scott County and the Bluegrass region; and the Josephine Abercrombie Award, to be presented to Herb Miller, President of Columbia Gas, for his lifelong dedication to Bluegrass Tomorrow and quality of life in the Bluegrass region.

The Midway Woman’s Club will be having their regular meeting Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Their program will be titled The Crazy Old House. Midwegians Eric and Ellen Gregory will be talking about the trials and tribulations of restoring old houses. The Gregorys have restored a number of houses including the one they now live in on Winter Street. The program is open to the public and will take place at the Woman’s Club House, 230 S. Gratz, Midway, Kentucky. Come and meet the Gregorys.

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