Warm weather doesn't dampen chili fundraiser

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

Jason Clark, GOP candidate for Graves County sheriff, scoops some chili into his bowl at Jerry Sowiecki's station last Saturday during the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter's annual chili cookoff and benefit auction at Mayfield High School. A packed commons area enjoyed the varieties of chilis and also made bids on numerous auction items.

The 95-degree temperature outside didn't temper anyone from trying the spicy chili inside at last week's Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter annual chili cook-off and benefit auction.

According to organization president Martha Thomas, the group has raised approximately $8,600 to go to help support the work of the local animal shelter.

"It was a good time," she said. "We made more than we did last year. It's the most we've made in a couple of years."

The event was actually moved up a month, which concerned organizers of how well it would draw folks to eat chili when temperatures were still more summer-like.

"I heard some people talking and someone said they were so glad we moved it to September because October was so busy," Thomas said. "And the 95 degrees did not seem to bother people. They really came out."

The event featured several teams offering their chili concoctions, along with auction items and raffles. Winners included Steve's Pest Control, Terry McKinney's "Big Dog and Little Dog," and Progress Rail.

Elisabeth Artis was the quilt raffle winner, and David Spalding won the raffled revolver.

Thomas said additional fundraisers are being discussed and planned for the spring. She added that vouchers for spay and neutering would soon be available for dogs ($25) and cats ($10). Vouchers for pit bull breeds are free.

For additional information, contact the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter, 500 N. 12th St., at 270-251-0130.

Eric Walker is the news editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Messenger, editor for the Murray Ledger & Times, and in public relations. He is married with two sons.