PHOTO GALLERY: 3rd annual Benton Chili Cookoff

Secretary for Benton Middle School, Amanda Freudensprung, and her daughter, Beth, received awards for overall best traditional chili and best booth name, “Hillbilly Chili.” Benton Police Department’s high school resource officers and their booth named “Chili 5-0” came away with the most wins, picking up honors for first runner-up in the best traditional chili division, first place in people’s choice and the coveted overall best chili honor. From left, are Officer Justin Dorsey, Sgt. Quinton Jackson and Officer Andrew Talbot. Counselors for Benton Junior High School Laura McGhee and Lenee Gass won first prize in the best booth category with their “Counselor Campfire Chili,” which was complete with a tent, lights and even s’mores to pass out for dessert.Head coach of the Benton Junior High volleyball team, Michelle Shoppach, left, enrichment teacher Lisa Bono, center, and GT teacher Melanie Kiker share their “Top Secret Chili” on Thursday during the 3rd annual chili cookoff at the Benton Junior High cafeteria.A guest manages to carry two large bowls of chili during the event.Operators of the Chili Chili Bang Bang table smile for a picture Thursday. From left, are Stephanie Davis, Pasley Butler and Fanny Neely.