Sunshine Bathes Attendees At Wauseon’s Annual Chili Cook-Off

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By: James Pruitt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

Under bright sunny skies, the annual Chili Cook-off was a hit in downtown Wauseon Saturday, Sept. 24.
People came to listen to live music, look at the offerings of several vendors and of course, sample some chili from nine vendors. The event attracted several hundred people during the afternoon.
The cook-off had fewer entrants this year, but there were 45 vendors on hand. There were also several free event for kids and adults to take advantage of as well.
There were special appearances by Ronald McDonald and McGruff the Crime Dog.
The cook-off is not a fundraiser, proceeds go back into the event and pay out awards.
“It’s more to give back to the community,” Nelson said. “It’s a nice fall activity.”
This was the 12th year for the event. There was a two-year hiatus, but the public wanted it back and it has been growing in popularity again.
“This year we incorporated a farmer’s market,” Nelson said.
Patrons could sample the chili for free, but if they wanted voting rights, it cost them $5 for three votes.
Awards were given out for People’s Choice and the Judges. A separate contest pitted the police against the fire department. Last year the matchup ended up in a tie.
“We couldn’t believe it,” Nelson said.

James Pruitt may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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