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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Chili on a hot day: Ledbetter takes top honors at Lakeland Chili Cook-off

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  • The residents of Lakeland Manor got a jump on Father's Day, celebrating it with some special guests Friday afternoon.
    City and health company officials took part in Lakeland's Second Annual Chili Cook-off. A number of 10 teams participated in the event, which was developed as an opportunity to get the male residents involved and promote interaction with city officials.
    "The men seem to be outnumbered and left out," Kimela Plugge, social services and activity director, said. "We have a garden and made some deer chili last year and we thought we would have a contest.
    "It gives our men an opportunity to contribute. They can garden and they can cook. It's just a good way to celebrate Father's Day."
    Waylon Agan had the honor of representing Lakeland Manor with his deer chili during this year's contest. Dr. Les Ledbetter took top honors, edging out defending champion Ken Campbell.
    "It's a fun thing to do," Ledbetter said. "It's a worthwhile event."
    Ledbetter did not claim a special recipe, saying he used "everything but the kitchen sink," in his award winning chili. He was awarded with a plaque, which he will keep until next year's contest as well as an apron signed by the cooks who participated in the event.
    City of Ardmore officials served as judges for the event with several departments throwing their hat in the ring and participating.
    Commissioner John Moore, executive assistant Lori Linney and Cheryl Cantwell with the city fire department served as the judges.
    "It was a tough decision, but we had a couple of entries stand out," Moore said, as he wiped sweat off his brow after judging the entries. "I'm just glad the residents had fun with it. I'm glad we take part in this, coming out and supporting the residents."
    The chili cook-off is one of two events in which Lakeland Manor teams up with the city. Every year, a domino tournament takes place in which residents team up with city officials.
    "City Hall has adopted us," Plugge said. "The residents love it, this and the domino tournament are their favorite. It's just a good way for our residents to visit and fellowship with city hall."
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