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Saturday, Twelve Eager Competitors Locked Spoons for Bragging Rights of the Best Chili Around and to Raise Funds for the Imperial Beach United Methodist Church.

Oct 19, 2016 01:39PM ● By Linda Heath

Saturday, Twelve Eager Competitors in the 23rd Annual Chili Cooking Contest Locked Spoons for Bragging Rights of the Best Chili Around and to Raise Funds for the Imperial Beach United Methodist Church and It's Many Community Outreach Programs.

Each of the Competitors arrived and were escorted to their table which displayed a unique number.  They plugged in and fired up their Crockpots and anxiously awaited a hungry crowd to sample each of their wares and hopefully select their chili as the best of the best!

A large crowd arrived and when the signal to start was given, all rushed forward to each table and sampled all the varieties available.  Some were mild but very flavorful, some with different meat, some vegetarian, different kinds of beans and other ingredients, spicy ones and each, downright delicious!  How does one select the best when all are very unique and special?  I asked myself this question as I went form table to table sampling everyone's offering including my own blend of ingredients, and was at a loss to pick a clear winner so I must confess that I filled in the box beside #9, mine!  It was a hopeless endeavor but after all it was all about raising funds to help the Community.

I did not win and was of course disappointed but elated for the winners and funds raised!  I will start preparing for next year and change up my recipe.  All in all there was a good and filling time for all and the many desserts and accompaniments rounded out the meal and good camaraderie and fun was enjoyed by everyone.

There was also a silent Auction with handmade items which were donated by church members and the Community to bid on and an official Auction called and participants outbid each other in friendly competition for their favorite items.  There were baskets of homemade food items, Honey, home decor, an oil painting with every color of the rainbow, a Hotel getaway, homemade Cookies, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, pralines, jewelry, a fantastic succulent garden basket and an incredible children's Nativity.

With all of these items up for grabs the bidding was loud and very competitive!  Several audience members egged on the bids and ever higher prices were obtained to benefit the Church and Community, friends competed for the same items and gleeful results were had by the winners.

The winners of the Chili Cook-Off were:
3rd Place- White Ribbon Spoon - Mary Valley
2nd Place- Red Ribbon Spoon - Louise Meeks
1st Place- Blue Ribbon Spoon - Beverly Bowler

Congratulations to our Winners all competitors as you are all winners for each marvelous chili!
Linda Heath, Reporter, 



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