Cook-off reborn

Chili contest changes renew interest

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When the original chili cook-off was established three years ago as part of Grand Olde West Days, it was modeled after events in other cities.

A fee was required to pay for prizes, and proceeds from the $1 public votes went to charitable donations.

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"Entries in the second year of the cook-off dropped, and we decided to take a closer look at the event," said Carol Wilson, GOWD committee secretary. "This year, it's more of a tasting contest, with people bringing their chili from home already cooked."

Early results suggest the im----provements seem to have worked, as 28 people have signed up for the cook-off, which is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Wyman's Living History Museum.

Categories for this year's chili cook-off include a commercial division for restaurants and organizations, as well as an amateur division for the general public.

There are wild-game categories and extra spicy, 5-alarm chili for the adventurous.

New this year is the invitation for children to enter the Putting on the Dog competition, involving dressing up a hotdog with all the toppings needed for the world's best chili dog.

The Silver Ladle judge's award will be presented to the winning recipe, with a People's Choice award going to the crowd favorite.

It's not too late to enter, with samples being accepted right up until judging time.

Entry forms are available at the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave., and the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

Information and entry forms for the chili cook-off can also be found at the Grand Olde West Days Web site, www.grandoldewestdays.com.

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