SHAMOKIN - Following up on a successful event last year, a group known as Friends Helping Friends will sponsor the second annual "Soup War" Saturday at the Home Plate Cafe, located at South Second Street at Chesntut.

At least 20 varieties of soup will be in the competition in the unique contest known as "Soup Wars 2," which will take place between 2 and 6 p.m. Organizers said the contest is believed to be the only one of its kind in Northumberland County. As a reward for the best soup, based on the taste and decision of a panel of selected judges, the winner will receive the "Golden Ladle," a coveted symbol of superiority in planning and preparing soup dishes.

Following judging, the soup will be available for purchase. Area residents are invited to attend and sample all the soups following the competition.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Manna for the Many to help support its program of providing food to individuals and families in need in the Shamokin, Coal Township, Trevorton and Elysburg areas. The soup will be sold for $3 a pint.

"We are very happy with the interest shown by those planning to enter soup in the competition as well as residents who are anxiously awaiting the competitive event," a spokesperson for Friends Helping Friends reported. "The competition is very keen and those preparing soup for the contest are doing their best to capture this year's title."

Among the varieties of soup already listed for the competition are turkey bayou, chicken vegetable, sshrimp gumbo, ham and green bean, chicken corn, sausage cheddar, ham pot pie and taco soup."

Friends Helping Friends is a group of patrons and others at Home Plate Cafe. The group was organized to assist people in need, including those served by Manna for the Many.