What a beautiful day for a chili cook off! Temperatures were warm, but not overly hot, with a light breeze to keep things cool and dry. This was the 29th year for the Massachusetts State Cook Off and Family Fun Day. This event gets better every year. Along with all the great chili to sample, spectators can browse the craft booths, and enjoy the live music. Kids had a petting zoo, clowns, and contests and games to enjoy. The Pirate dunk tank was a highlight, especially when cook off chairman Bruce Cloutier got up on the seat (for a collected donation to the charity, of course!). The cook off benefits the Winchendon Kiwanis children’s charities, and is well-supported by the community.

Now, for the winners:

Best Booth:

Winchendon Fire Department, MA

Fire House People’s Choice:

Winchendon Fire Department, MA

People’s Choice:

Ian McDaid, CT

Youth Division:

Brittany Block, DragonFire Family, CT

Salsa: 10 contestants, 10 judges

5th- Mike Freedman, CT and Kurt Leithner, NJ (tie)

4th- Dave Kelley, MA (lost tie-breaker)

3rd- Steve Stark, MA (won tie-breaker)

2nd- Ian McDaid, CT

1st- Joanne McDaid, CT

Verde: 11 contestants, 12 judges

5th- Dave Kelley, MA

4th- Dave Schulman, CT

3rd- Matt McSheehy (Reading Fire Dept.), MA

2nd- Marc Frechette, CT

1st- Jack Cowell, CT

Red: 14 contestants, 16 judges

5th- Dave Kelley, MA

4th- Mike Freedman, CT

3rd- Steve Stark, MA

2nd- Scott Navaroli, MA

1st- MacKenzie Tankis, MA (2nd year in a row for Max)

Congratulations to all the winners! We will see you at the Spa Resort and Casino in Palm Springs, CA in October!



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