Soup-er Heroes was the theme of the 36thAnnual Bud Light Chili Cookoff sponsored by Golden Eagle Distributing to benefit AVENUES and the Hannibal Jaycees.

Soup-er Heroes was the theme of the 36thAnnual Bud Light Chili Cookoff sponsored by Golden Eagle Distributing to benefit AVENUES and the Hannibal Jaycees. Cookoff co-chairperson Melissa Haynes of Golden Eagle was pleased to see several chili teams dressed as Soup-er Heroes arriving Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.

As the costume contest winner, Just Chillin', Superman Kevin and Rhonda Stevenson and their daughter, Ashley Stevenson, received $250.

First-place chili winners, the Shelbyville Moonshiners, led by Brent Rich, donated back their $1,000 prize. They had perhaps the largest team. Before learning they won, Michael Rich explained their chili was “made from the heart,” adding, “We like to have a good time and support charities with the Jaycees.”

One team making its local debut was Copperhead Tavern from New Canton, Ill. Jackie Taylor, Kelly Wombles Kenady and Kathy Davis not only dressed in tutus, they also brought a sewing machine to their booth to continue sewing their costumes. The team’s chili won the People's Choice prize. To vote, the public donated cash into boxes at each booth. The $335 donated in Copperhead's box won. Half of the money went to the winners and half to be donated to AVENUES and the Jaycees.

Another team in costume was Boxcar Willy's: Ronald Knutelski (Fantastic 4), Chris Hooley (Superman) and Richard Tate (Frankenstein). Boxcar Willy's was a double winner, taking second place, ($500) for its chili, and also receiving the Mayor's Choice trophy from Mayor James Hark.

The Nutters' chili won third place and donated their $250 prize back.

“They kept coming back for more,” said Jill Otten, explaining why Finn's Food and Spirits' chili was gone by 1:30 p.m. This team included Finn's owner Chad Otten and Peyton Studer.

The Mark Twain Brewery chili team of Jeremy Willett and Bobby Morrell said their chili is made with in-house smoked beef brisket.

At Rumor Has It, Maxx Vance was busy serving chili to Anne Hayes.

Drake's Steak and Ale chili was served by Tim Hart and Lauren McLaughlin.

The Incredible Cheyenne's chili was served by Anthony Medrick, Cameron Colter, Christine Colter, Andrew Coser and Remere Willis. It had a variety of ingredients, and was described as Hawaiian.

Corey Fry of Perry, with Alex Fry, has served his Kryptonite Chili for 19 years. “I do it every year, because it is for a good cause and raises money for the community,” he said.

Debbie Kerns enjoyed dancing as music was played and games began.

Jaycees' chili cook off co-chairperson Kami Harsell voiced appreciation to Golden Eagle for sponsoring the chili cook off and helping AVENUES.

See photo gallery for more pictures of the Chili Cookoff.

bev.darr@courierpost.com.