Call for cooking teams issued for Chimney Fund Chili Cook-off fund-raiser
The field is limited to 25 two-person teams and the deadline for entries is Sept. 9. Teams are required to pay a $20 good faith entry fee that is returned the day of the event as soon as the cooks begin preparing their pot of chili. Cooking may start as early as 8 a.m. Rules do allow for the preparation of ingredients in advance, such as chopping vegetables and precooking the beans, but the chili must be assembled at the cook-off.
Cooks must have their chili ready for the public tasting by noon with the judging taking place at 1 p.m. A panel of judges will select first, second and third place winners in a blind tasting. In addition they will award a trophy for the best decorated booth. Entrants are encouraged to use a Mexican theme or decorate their booth to complement the name they have chosen for their chili.
When the public purchases a tasting kit for $5 they receive a popular vote ticket they can deposit in a container at the booth of their choice. The team with the most popular votes receives the “People’s Choice” trophy.
Salsa tasting has become a popular event within the chili cook-off. Anyone interested in entering should bring a pint of their salsa in a disposable plastic container to Chuck’s Railroad Room by noon Sep. 15. The salsa tasting will be held separate from the chili tasting and costs $1.00. Entries will be awarded a judge’s trophy for the best salsa as well as the people’s choice.
As in years past the event will be a family affair. The Shrine Clowns will entertain and Smokey Bear will visit. In addition there will be face painting and special games for children.
Additional fund-raising activities will be part of the cook-off including the popular jail, where people who are “arrested” by the sheriff must be bailed out. They get a jailbird photo as a keepsake.
Also there will be a 50/50 raffle with half the proceeds going to the winner and half to charity. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off benefit the Chimney Fund, a non-profit charitable organization based in the Westwood-Chester-Lake Almanor area. It was founded on Christmas Eve in 1992 by a group of local people to help those in need. Money is also donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Shrine Hospital for Children, as well as other charities.
Entry forms and rules for The Chimney Fund Chuck’s Railroad Room 16th Annual Chili Cook-off are available at the Railroad Room or contact Brucker at P.O. Box 532, Westwood, CA 96137. He can be reached by telephone at 256-2105.
Brucker said although he is heading up the event this year he is relying heavily on the advice and guidance of Shirley Jones who has supervised the past 15 cook-offs as well as Willa Handzel, president of The Chimney Fund.
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