First you go to the judging table and get your hand stamped and receive a ticket. One vote per customer. Afterward you go around to the various teams and they'd hand you a sample size that Costco would be envious of. Though it was a packed event, the teams brought plenty of their chili so that everyone got a taste, and in many instances, an extra taste to boot.
|A look down one of the two rows they had.|
I was trying to count the number of teams that were there (or course I could have gone to the judges table, but that would have been too simple). So I asked Mayor Pro-Tem Bridgette Moore if she knew, and her response was classic.
— Bridgette Moore
|Team 6, the one that I happened to vote for. I loved the unique flavor, especially with some sour cream and cheese.|
Part of the festivities were how the booths were decorated. Many of the participants were in farm style regalia too.
|Most original "Chili" was the desert chili.|
There were 18 teams that competed for People's Choice for best tasting chili, and 23 crafters.
|A panoramic look of some of the craft displays.|
The crafts were inside, that's also where you could buy a hot dog for a dollar or get water for free. Several talented people had their crafts on display. I was the dutiful husband as I waited patiently for my lovely wife to brows to her heart's content.
|A panoramic view from the crafting area. Click image to enlarge.|
What a fun event!
- 1st place chile, Nancy Moore, Navy Moms chili, booth 4.
- 2nd place for chili, The Recreation Committee, Flashback to the 50's, booth 2.
- 3rd place for chili, the Sampson Family, booth 17.
Special thanks to Mary Haire and Beverly Bakeman for helping me with some vital info here. ☺
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"Next to music there is nothing that lifts the spirits and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili." ― Harry James, Band Leader