A heated peppery competition

Andy Stirling with Numerica, left, real estate agent Derrick Stricker, oncologist Dr. Guy Jones and Kennewick Councilman Steve Lee bite into a habanero chili in the Celebrity Pepper Gauntlet at the Fiery Foods Festival in downtown Pasco on Saturday.

The six contestants, including Pasco Councilman Dave Milne and Colin Hastings with the chamber of commerce, had to eat 10 chili peppers, the hottest being a Carolina ghost pepper. Guy Jones won.

The event was free with live music, a market, food carts and more.

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