By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT — Soup's on from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mountain View Middle School, 645 Mitchell Lane, Blackfoot.
This is the eighth annual Stone Soup contest, sponsored by the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).
Prepaid tickets cost $5 for each individual or $20 for each family. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the contest cost $7 for each individual or $25 per family. Donations are also tax deductible. Proceeds benefit SEICAA.
So far, 14 soups will be served to tempt each person's palette.
Carrie Hasselbring from Re/Max Preferred Properties won last year's contest. She had prepared a Parmesan Potato Bacon soup.
Contacted for any hints she might volunteer for this year's contest, Hasselbring said, "I'm not divulging any secrets."
This will be the third year Hasselbring has participated in the Stone Soup contest.
"We bring a lot of soup; it's going to be a good time," Hasselbring said.
A new participant in the Stone Soup contest is The Willows food service director John Shivers.
Shivers said, "As an assisted living center, we serve 4,500 meals a month. We want to show people we put out some really good food."
Shivers said he entered this contest, "because I like competing; I want to test my metal against those other people.
"We're going to serve the people of Blackfoot some really good soup," Shivers said.
Another new contestant is The Flower Shoppe owner Mary Nemkerekyan-Svensson.
"My brother, John, and I are making some 'good for you stuff that tastes good, too,'" Mary said.
Besides soup, there will be entertainment, a silent auction and a free carnival for the kids.
Tickets can be purchased from the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce or SEICAA at 206 S. Spruce in Blackfoot.