LOUISIANA STATE COOKOFF DONATES TO THEIR CHARITY

We finally got to present the proceeds of The 2014 Louisiana State & Regional Chili Cookoffs to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. We raised a record amount for the hospital this year!!!! We were VERY pleased to be able to Donate $14,800 !!!!!!

THANKS TO ALL THE COOKS WHO CAME OUT. AND OF COURSE TO OUR THE PUBLIC WHOM ATTENDED AND BOUGHT CHILI!! THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT ALL OF YOU WONDERFUL FOLKS. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AND MORE AGAIN NEXT YEAR. THE DATES ARE MARCH 14TH AND 15TH 2015. WE HAVE GREAT THINGS PLANED FOR 2015! MORE INFO TO COME AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE 

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HOT AND SPICY NIGHTS CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS

It was a beautiful weekend in Beatty (high in the mid 90s). We, several of us, showed up at the Happy Burro on Thursday and the party started. Friday the Burro had Mad Dog (DJ and Karoke) and a good crowd. Saturday began comfortably, as a night cookoff does not require spending Friday putting everything together. Parking lot was available for set up at 10am and cooks meeting at 3pm (allowing pool time in between). Even with our usual 2 or 3 people asked to come prepared to cook in case we were short in any event, we had to talk a couple into turning in more than they had planned on to make it legal as we were missing quite a few cooks who had said they were coming due to the surprise back to back qualifiers in Bonanza. But we made it and a good time was had by all.

The cookoff opened with Summer Taylor singing the National Anthem. Great job Summer and thank you Adam for being our Flag Bearer. Capt. Jim did his usual terrific job a Chief Judge; Scorekeepers were Donnie Gordon, Bobbie Gaul, Barbara Nelson and George Burris; Wranglers were Norm Gaul, Tom Gordon, Phil Morosky and Ken Hook. Mike Austin Emcee brought his “Dog and Pony Show” just because Capt Jim had Said he wasn’t going to… I hope someone got pictures. I also hope someone got pictures of the trophies… Prospectors pans (that took weekS to age) with plaque, dirt, and nuggets, real keepers. First words heard when the winner was announced “You made your own trophy”. You can see it hanging over the door to the patio at the Happy Burro. Enough of that. Here are the winners:

Bubble Gum Contests (originally for children, but after seeing them adults wanted one too)

    Children - Jaron

    Adults - Karen Sailor

Shoot & Holler

 Noeme Gillet (France)

People’s Choice

 Mark Haught

Salsa

3rd Place - Cindy Haught, NV

2nd Place - Jodi Wiseman, NV

1st Place - Karen White, NV

Verde

3rd Place - Ray Bogart, NV

2nd Place - Bob White, NV

1st Place - Bob Wiseman, NV

Red

5th Place - Tie Unbroken Tod Novak & Karen White, NV

4th Place - Nita Montgomery, NV

3rd Place - Jodi Wiseman, NV

2nd Place - Mark Haught, NV

1st Place - Fred Summers, NV

Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to all the cooks and volunteers. Great job to the VFW & Auxiliary (sponsor and charity).

MAINE STATE CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS

The Maine State cookoff is always a good time. Wells is a lovely Maine coastal town, with some of the best seafood restaurants you will find. We had perfect weather, not too hot or cool, and just enough sunshine to bring people outdoors. The crowds were great. Every time I looked out of the judging area there were lines at every booth waiting to taste chili. 

Eleanor Vadenais and her Chamber of Commerce crew did their usual wonderful job of making sure the cookoff runs smoothly, and providing everything we needed to do our job. Thanks to her and the Chamber for hosting this cookoff once again. Also, thanks to the judges, both ceritifed and guest, who picked the best in each category. And a special thanks to the cooks who came out to make this a successful cookoff in its fourteenth year. We know you all have choices when it comes to where to cook, and we appreciate you choosing Maine.

And now, on to the winners:

Best Booth: Linda McGrath

People’s Choice: Max Scheing

Youth Chili: Anna Hennessy

Salsa:

3rd- Wendy Hennessy

2nd- Richard LaFrance

1st- Michael Lesperance

Verde:

3rd-Ian McDaid

2nd- Michael Lesperance

1st- Richard LaFrance

Red:

3rd- Richard LaFrance

2nd- Michael Lesperance

1st- Ian McDaid

This was our first year having a Youth cookoff in Maine, and we hope it becomes an annual event. All of the youth chilis were excellent. Folks, watch out when these kids hit eighteen! Rick LaFrance and Michael Lesperance (all the way from New Brunswick, Canada) had excellent days, placing in all three categories. 

Congratulations to all the winners. We will see you In October in Las Vegas.

-M.A. Kropp

Scorekeeper

Huntington's 31st annual ChiliFest set for Saturday, Sept. 6 | The Herald-Dispatch

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POSTING ON OUR BLOG

Let’s get going and share some pictures (up to ten per post) from your cookoff on our blog! Taking a picture and sharing it allows other people to see the world through your eyes. It’s not about who is in the picture or the background. It’s about the memories and meanings it holds. What a great way for others to experience the fun at a chili cookoff! Be sure to caption the picture, be it winners of the cookoff, charity donations, or just something you enjoyed! And go ahead and send us information about your event before it takes place, like hotel info, directions, prize money, plea for more cooks, etc and when all is said and done, the final write-up/results of your cookoff! What fun it will be to see what’s happening at each other’s event! Send your entries to blog@chilicookoff.com.

Lake Havasu Regional Chili Cookoff - April 11, 2015

As you may have seen on the website, the 3rd annual Lake Havasu Chili Cookoff, in conjunction with the annual Boat Show, will be held on April 11, 2015, and will once again be sponsored by the High School Athletic Boosters Club.  The venue is in the same location and we are hoping to increase the prize money even further as we continue to obtain sponsors and donations.

The RV State Park adjacent to Windsor Park now has 50 amp electrical hookups and access to potable water at individual sites.  Below is a link to their website to make your reservations, and according to a reliable source, the best sites are 5,6,7,8,10 or 34,36.  We strongly encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible.  April is a very busy month in Havasu, especially with the Boat Show the same weekend.  We have also given you a link to the local hotels for your convenience.

http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LAHA/index.html

https://www.google.com/search?q=lake+havasu+hotels+map&cad=h

We hope to make it even better next year and hopefully all of the cooks, volunteers, judges and VIP’s who attended last year will return.  More cookoff details will be forthcoming as they are finalized.  We will have flyers in the next couple of months with additional information. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis and Allene Macklin at Firefrog70@gmail.com,

Home phone 928-566-1336.

HOT & SPICY NIGHTS CHILI COOKOFF WEATHER REPORT - August 23, 2014 

I have good news and good news, in a bad news world. Good news number one: The weather is predicted to be outstanding this weekend for the Chili Cookoff in Beatty, Nevada. For Saturday, 23 August temperature a low of 68° and a high temperature of 90° the wind 8 miles an hour from the south. There is no rain in the forecast. This is extremely great weather for the high desert. Beatty is approximately a little over 3000 foot elevation. That translates into a perfect evening for a Chili Cookoff.

Good news number two: I just got off the phone with the Stagecoach Hotel and Casino to verify the room rates they are giving to the chili cookoff participants. Hold onto your chili pot, $30 a night plus tax “WOW” that’s hard to beat! You can make a reservation by calling 775-553-2419 using the chili code: 082314 and reserve that $30 a night outstanding rate.

I am looking forward to seeing all my Chili friends this weekend and remember if we can get 20 red I will definitely be doing my happy dance!

Good luck and good chili cooking, Capt. Jim

The Big Winners from the Lake Arrowhead Chili Cookoff!
Bill Ray - 1st place Chili  Jan Brown  - 1st Place Verde  Mike Ford - 1st Place Salsa

The Big Winners from the Lake Arrowhead Chili Cookoff!


Bill Ray - 1st place Chili
Jan Brown  - 1st Place Verde
Mike Ford - 1st Place Salsa

ILLINOIS STATE FAIR CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS

On the final day of the 2014 Illinois State Fair there were huge crowds, perfect weather (by midday), running races, car races, entertainment and of course the main event the chili cookoff. This is the 9th  year of the ICS sanctioned event. No one was more excited than Sue Regan who hit the daily double winning the first two contests. George Rembert local professional chef and long time chili cook won his first cookoff.  Next stop for our winners is the World Championship cookoff!  The winners here qualify to compete in the ICS World’s Championship Chili Cookoff this October in Las Vegas, NV. This year they are also qualified to compete in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November. The winners were:

Salsa –

3. Bobby DeClerk

2. Les Eastep

1. Sue Regan, Springfield IL

Chili Verde -

3. Scott Barrett

2. Gary Ballweg

1. Sue Regan

Red - 

3. Brenda Weir

2. Aldo Klinghammer

1. George Rembert, Springfield, IL

Larry Eastep  

Chairman

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS

This year’s New Hampshire State cookoff was blessed with the best weather we have had there in many years. The cooKoff used to be scheduled earlier in the year, and we either sweltered in humidity, or were chilled with rain. This year, the weather was sunny, not too warm, and there was a lovely breeze blowing all day long. The cookoff was held in conjunction with Hudson’s Old Home Days, and we were sharing the day with a carnival and many craft vendors. 

We have to thank Chris and the Friends of Music volunteers who made sure everything ran quite well. It was a pleasure, as always, working with them.

Our winners were:

People’s Choice: Matt McSheehy

Youth Chili: Dylan Bouffard

Salsa:

3rd- Matt McSheehy

2nd- Stacy Kelley

1st- Roxanne Ballachino

Verde:

3rd- Roxanne Ballachino

2nd- Vicki Tankis

1st- Jerry Buma

Red:

3rd- Dave Ronge

2nd- Vicki Tankis

1st- Mike Freedman

 Roxanne won Salsa by a definitive 9 point margin. There was one point between first and second, and two points separating second and third in Verde. Mike won his Red ticket to the WCCC by a resounding 10 points.

Congratulations to the winners. We will see you in October in Vegas, baby!

-M.A. Kropp

Scorekeeper

BEATTY DAYS CHILI COOKOFF - NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Attn: all chiliheads! It is time for me to start bugging you, after all it has been a couple of months since I last time. 

The Beatty Days Regional cook off is coming up soon, it will be held on Nov. 1st this year. I know it is the week after the World’s but you can make a vacation of it and stick around for Beatty Days.  This is a fun cook off where you never know what will happen, it could be anything from a Parade, (which starts off the day) and a bed race, (you haven’t lived till you have seen one of these). There is also a contest for the best dressed dog, and a chicken drop raffle, (don’t ask). Sometimes that old chicken just doesn’t want to co-operate.

COOKOFF INFORMATION

RED CHILI: ENTRY FEE $35.00 + 1 GAL OF PC

1st Pl.  $500.00 + Plaque

2nd Pl. $200.00 +Plaque

3rd Pl.  $100.00 + Plaque

CHILI VERDE: ENTRY FEE $30.00

1st Pl.  $300.00

2nd Pl. $200.00

3rd Pl.  $100.00

SALSA: ENTRY FEE $10.00

50/50 PAYBACK

PEOPLE’S CHOICE $100.00

BEST FIRST TIME COOK AWARD

BOOTH & SHOWMANSHIP AWARDS.

As usual there will be a $5.00 entry fee credit for each additional gallon of People’s Choice, with a maximum credit of $10.00 per team.

Hopefully you will be able to send your app through the ICS web site. If not please send me an email at chiliahr95@sbcglobal.net to let me know what you will be cooking.

The cook off chairperson has blocked 13 rooms at the Death Valley Inn, 775-553-9400. These rooms will be held until October 7th.

You can find info about other motels at www.beattynevada.org  Fred and Patti have a few rooms available also.

There will be a potluck at the Happy Burro Chili and Beer, and there is a rumor that Ron Keel will be entertaining us again this year. 

Norm & Bobbi Gaul

Early Entry Discount for Cooks expires on August 23, 2014

 

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