Hundreds attend Stone Soup

BLACKFOOT — Hundreds of people attended the eighth annual Stone Soup contest, with all the proceeds benefiting the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency.
Fourteen businesses or organizations entered the soup contest. Those testing and judging the soups had a wide variety to choose from including chicken noodle, Italian chicken chili and coconut curry chickpea chowder.
Rupe's Burgers placed first with its cream of asparagus soup; Bingham Memorial Hospital took second place for its spinach and artichoke soup; and ReMax Preferred Properties won third place with its taco soup.
Blake Kinney and his wife Luanna, owners of J & M Mental Health in Blackfoot, entered the soup contest for the first time this year, but have attended in previous years. They also purchase tickets for their clients to attend each year.
"It's just such a great, worthwhile event," Blake Kinney said. "We love participating in this any way we can."
Blake Kinney said SEICAA helps out so many people in Bingham County that they like to give back to SEICAA in any way possible.
Janice Lawes, who is on the SEICAA board of directors, volunteers to help organize Stone Soup. She helped recruit people to enter soups, and is the reason Kinney entered this year.
"It's just such a fun community event," Lawes said. "It gets bigger every year."
SEICAA Bingham County Program Coordinator Bobette Jackson was pleased with the level of participation and by the number in attendance.
"There's more people here than I think there ever has been," Jackson said.
While fundraising totals for this year were unavailable, Jackson said last year they raised $7,000 for SEICAA.
"All the money that's being raised tonight is going to help people in our community," Jackson said. "It's going to be spent here."