Showdown on the Square returns to Market

Winners from the 2014 Showdown on the Square, Boy Scout Pack 647. Photo by Jana E. Pye

Winners from the 2014 Showdown on the Square, Boy Scout Pack 647.
Photo by Jana E. Pye

The Showdown on the Square Chili Cook-Off returns to the Market on Darlington Square on Saturday, October 3, and organizers need you to come crown the Best Chili in Town.

Each taster will buy a colored wristband ($5), and only those wearing a wristband can be served. The taster will be given one ticket to vote for their favorite chili. A ticket bucket will provided and collected to count votes determining the winners. Tasting will start at 11 am with the People’s Choice Award tallied at 12:30-12:45 pm.

Cookers and cook teams will have a shot at two prizes: the Judges Award ($250) and the People’s Choice Award ($150). Teams include returning champions Boy Scout Pack 647, Sweet Jane’s Café and Wine Bar, SPC Credit Union, Wilson Senior Care, Bryant Gardner, and the Darlington Fire Department.

Judges include News & Press general manager and S.C. Barbecue Association director Morrey Thomas, S.C. Barbecue judge and radio personality Bill Pickle, and the Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival pageant winners. They will judge the chili in a blind tasting at noon.

Before and after the tasting begins, the Market will host a variety of produce, arts & crafts, food, and other vendors, including, artwork by Suzanne Muldrow, Julianne McRae, Rebecca Harrington, and others; a selection of jewelry from Artfully Adorned, Origami Owl, Kathy Stewart, and others; and crafts from Abishek Ministries, Don Seijas, and others.

“It’s a great time to get some unique items for Christmas before the holiday rush,” Market on Darlington Square chair Lisa Chalian-Rock says, including specialty items like lotions and soaps from Barr’s Barnyard and Boykin Farms.

The Grumpy Pumpkin will have fresh pumpkins for all your fall decorating, and various home-grown items will be available: spicy homemade pickles from Grandma’s Pickles, local honey from Sunrise Farms, and produce from various farms.

The Market on Darlington Square also will hold a food drive for The Lord Cares. Bring a nonperishable food item, paper product, or financial donation for The Lord Cares. The most needed items are canned meats, canned fruit, dry milk, Jiffy Cornbread mix, and soap. All donations stay in Darlington.

“We want to make sure we fulfill the part of our mission to give back to the community and help the charitable groups that do so much for so many in the city,” Rock says.

The Market on Darlington Square will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Square in Darlington on Saturday, October 3. Find us online at Facebook: DarlingtonMarket. See you at the Market!

Author: Duane Childers

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