A Chili Cook-off helps raise money for the Cross Creek Volunteer Fire Department


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CROSS CREEK, Fla. (WCJB) – The Cross Creek Fire Department is staffed by volunteers responding to calls in Lochloosa and the town of Cross Creek. They hosted a chili kitchen to raise money for the department.

“We’re 25 miles from Gainesville, but it’s not 25 minutes because a lot of people here live on limestone roads. They are difficult to navigate, you have to kind of have an idea and have people who know the roads,” said Sherri Krienke.

There were 13 different types of chili with a variety of ingredients.

“There’s some with venison, wild pork, and then your standard burger meat,” Krienke said.

People tasted each one and wrote down their favorite. Fire Chief George Jacobs spoke about the support they received.

“They supported him en masse. We have folks here from Sumter County to Jacksonville for some pretty wild chili cooking.

Jacobs also shared what his community means to him.

“Everyone knows everyone, everyone tries to help everyone. It’s kind of a step back in time with all the good parts. The way they care for each other is amazing.

Residents also got to eat chili dogs, participate in 50/50 raffles and play corn hole while supporting their local heroes.

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