“It was an amazing day!” says Jeff Cantwell, co-chair of the 21st annual Rotary Chili Cook-off. “Our team of volunteers went above and beyond, like a well-oiled machine. Attendees, teams, sponsors and vendors raved about the day. Many said it was the nicest event they ever attended, and I attribute that to our Rotary demeanor – embracing all who were helping our cause,” he added.
“Wow –what a wonderful event we executed for our community yesterday,” added President Rich. “I had a great time with you all in Service and Fellowship,” he said, after commending the chili co-chairs and all the volunteers. “I’m not only proud of the well run event, but also the image we created for our community of Rotary International, and our club and its good works. You truly exemplified Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.”
Our own Glenda Brion won the new 50/50 chance, the Chili Pepper Drop, but had left for a wedding and was not there to receive her winnings in person. (Winnings will be given to her at a later time.)  Here is a link to the video of the drop - https://youtu.be/YVdGm3Il81U
Saloon 151 was the clear choice of chili lovers as the People’s Choice winner this year with their Outlaw Chili. Saloon 151 is no stranger to the cook-off, having participated many times, and won previously! Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, celebrating their 25th anniversary, won first place in the Restaurant Division with their Bangin’ Chili, Ryan’s Pub came in second with its Ryan’s Galway Chili, and The Brickette Lounge was third with their Smoked Brisket Texas Chili. Disc Hounds took first place in the Business Division with their Chow Down Chili, with Wetzel Gagliardi Ferrer and Lavin in second place and their Illegal Chili. Dana Marie Events, LLC. was third with Flower Power Chili.
Church Farm School won first place in the Non-profit Division with their Scrapple-licious Church Farm School Chili. Regular participants, the young men have been winners many times before. Knights of Columbus came in second with Pepper Perfect Chili, and The Hickman was third with Rockin' Chili. The Hometown/ Volunteer Division was won handily by frequent winners, the Parrot Troopers with their Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On Chili. Breaking Beans was second with Breaking Beans, and Hammacher and Schlemmer took third with Hammacher and Schlemmer Chili.
Thanks to Suzette, Anne and Jeff for capturing and sharing fun event photos of another outstanding Chili Cook-off! Time to begin preparations for the 22nd!