TCAT students enjoy annual Chili-Cook-Off

John Thompson • Oct 31, 2019 at 9:41 PM

ELIZABETHTON _ The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Elizabethton may have moved to a new campus a couple of decades ago, but one tradition from the school’s roots on Arney Hill continues to be a very popular event through the generations of students.

On Halloween, the school once again celebrated its Chili-Cook-Off, with students in each class attempting to make a pot of chili to be included in the long and hoary list of champion chili cooks. This year’s winners came from the pipe fitters class. Runner up was the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning class. The industrial electricity students were third.

Another tradition that is celebrated with the Chili-Cook-Off is the master pumpkin carvers. This year, the winners were from the cosmetology class. Second place went to the industrial electricity class. The phlebotomy class finished third. There is also a People’s Choice Award for the students to choose their favorite pumpkin carving. The People’s Choice Award went to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning class.

Student Appreciation Day was also observed, with dozens of door prizes awarded to students as they chowed down on the various chili concoctions. The prizes were provided by area merchants and restaurants.

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