Saturday, February 18, 2012 | 9:39 p.m. CST
COLUMBIA — The Rootin'-Tootin' Chili Cookoff was held Saturday for its seventh year in a row.
Fifty-one different teams competed in the event, which was held at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.
The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia will receive all proceeds from the event. Last year's cook-off attracted 1,500 people and raised $65,000.
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Andrew Gadbois, 5, plays with inflatable chili peppers as his father and coworkers prepare for the 7th Annual MFA Oil Rootin'-Tootin' Chili Cookoff on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. Competitors began preparing as early as 8:30 a.m. for the 4 p.m. competition.
Cilantro is freshly cut at the 7th Annual MFA Oil Rootin'-Tootin' Chili Cookoff Saturday at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. Fifty-one teams competed to cook the best chili.
A crowd gathers in anticipation of the awards ceremony at the Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff. All proceeds from the event go to the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia.
Derek Fanguy serves customers chili at the Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff on Saturday. Fanguy's team participated in the cookoff for the first time and won third place for its chili recipes.
Angie Regan, Tracee Winterhalter, Scott Lutz and Jeremy Wardenburg urge people to try their chili during the Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff. The group was representing construction company Emery Sapp & Sons. The booth with a country theme was recognized as the best of the night.
James Samorian, left, Mark Kelsey, center, and David Townsend anxiously await the awards ceremony at the Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff on Saturday. The team, dressed as Angry Birds, placed in the best costume competition.
Third generation Legacy Beef rancher, Mark Mahnken samples chili during the Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff on Saturday. Legacy Beef is known for having free-range and grass-fed beef. Last year's winning chili used Legacy Beef, as well as two teams this year.