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Some of Columbia’s best chefs, both professional and amateur, came to Five Points to compete Saturday. Trophies and bragging rights were on the line, but the big winners were all those who came with a big appetite, and the Special Olympics of South Carolina.

The 32nd annual Five Points Chili Cook-Off included more than a dozen individuals and teams competing for Overall Best Chili (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), Best Vegetarian, Best Texas Style, Best Non-Traditional, Best Bar/Restaurant Best Setup and the Taneyhill's Group Therapy Silver Spoon Award for the most money raised.

Admission to the cook-off was free, but guests donated $1 or more for each chili sample, thus voting for their favorite and making the Taneyhill's Group Therapy Silver Spoon Award double as a people’s choice trophy.

All proceeds from the donations will go to Special Olympics of South Carolina.

Bizness Suits, the Christy Joy Band, Thunder and the Rumblefish, the Mackenzie Butler Band and Bellavida provided live music throughout the afternoon from a stage set up outside Taneyhill’s Group Therap

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