The Chili Cook-off: a big success
The Sports' Boosters second annual Chili Cook-off was a whole lot of fun again this year, with about 100 excited tasters crowding into the Hall for the event. Fifteen entries made the final cut, ranging from mild to extremely hot and including chicken chili, venison chili, and one style referred to as the great unknown. The Lighthouse School entered three recipes representing cartoon characters; Cody Mavis, one of their students, a terrific artist from Elk Rapids, showed off his talent by making posters to accompany their entries.
This year the judges were Kent Hoyt, the Shamrocks chef, Bob Hoogendoorn, Mark LaFreniere, Steve West, and Kerry Smith. Several of the varieties were so good that the judges had to keep going back for another taste, causing some minor grumbling among the hungry crowd waiting for a chance to make their own evaluation. For awhile it looked like a fight might break out, but then the results were announced. Lynn Ann Cary took 1st place; Denise McDonough 2nd; and Tim Dwyer, with his famous toad-eye chili, 3rd.
Thanks to all who attended, especially Beaver Gems, McDonough's Market, and the Shamrock, who provided the prizes.
Sports' Boosters' President
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