2018 Battle for the Paddle NSU Chili Cookoff

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Kevin’s Gallery

Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum was the place to be Jan. 27 as the NSU men’s and women’s basketball teams faced off against the University of Central Arkansas. The “Pack Prather” day featured a day of basketball action, performing spirit groups, a chili cookoff and an epic dance battle between Vic the Demon and Monty, the Bank of Montgomery mascot.

The Battle for the Paddle has become an eagerly awaited annual tradition in Natchitoches. The popular chili cookoff featured 13 teams this year, including several local businesses, the Natchitoches Fire Department and NSU sports teams. Hungry Demon fans thronged the hallways of Prather where they sampled the various teams’ chili and voted for their favorites. The event is a popular fundraiser for the Demons Unlimited Foundation. This year’s competition was won by the ladies of NSU Volleyball with Rutledge Plumbing and the Natchitoches Fire Department also placing in the competition.

Winners:

NSU Volleyball- People’s Choice Award
Rutledge- People’s Choice Award (Runner Up)
City Bank- Judge’s Choice
Fire Department- Judge’s Choice (Runner Up)