Christmas on the Coast rings in the holiday season for Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Throughout the market, live music filled the air courtesy of local Christian-rock band Thirty Three and musicians Diane Peavy and Greg Wood.

Simultaneously, the annual Chili Cook-off presented by the Junior Service League was held in the Sailor’s Cove parking lot and welcomes 25 teams who competed for the title of “Best Chili in Port St. Joe.”

Nearly $5,000 was raised from the event that will help fund community service works of the JSL which include the purchase of clothing and school supplies for area children.

“It was our biggest year yet,” said event organizer Kaci Rhodes. “I would say we had maybe 250-300 people in attendance throughout the day.”

Prior to the event, judges held a blind taste test and graded each chili on taste, texture and appearance.

First place and official bragging rights went to Monumental Chili which banked $100 cash for their win. Second place, and winner of $75 was Beachcombers III, and third place went to Sunset Coastal Grill along with a $50 prize.

The team spirit award was reserved for the team that best decorated its area for the event.

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