Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
This year's Chili and Cornbread Fest-goers are in for a treat: The fifth annual event sponsored by Cherokee County Agri-Life Extension from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at 165 E. 6th Street site will feature a dessert bake-off and a seed swap.
“This is my first year, but from what I was told (the chili fundraiser) is a pretty big event, one of the ones where most of the money is made for the our Family Consumer Science program,” said Kasey King, administrative assistant for the local county extension office.
The program, headed by extension agent Wendi Green, focuses on health, wellness, home and family.
The meal is $5 per person, with chili and beans, cornbread and tea served for dining in or as take-out. Proceeds benefit healthy lifestyle education programs offered through the extension office for youths and young adults.
Desserts also are included, provided through the third annual bake-off, which has categories for pies, cakes, cookies, bars, candy and confections. There is no charge to enter the competition, but entries are due by 9 a.m. Friday. Certificates will be given to the top dessert in each category, as well as best of show, King said.
Entries may be dropped off in the conference room at the extension office through 9 a.m. Friday.
Agent Kim Benson will oversee Friday's seed swap, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the extension office.
“It brings a horticultural/agricultural side to it for those who want to exchange seeds,” King said, adding this is the third year the swap has been offered. “And for those who don't have anything to swap, local farmers and horticulturists have donated seeds, which gives someone who's never done a swap before to get started.”
The office asks that individuals label seeds, bulbs, rhizomes and corms for easier identification.
For more information about Friday's events, contact the Cherokee County Extension Office, 903-683-5416.