Chili cook-off to move to elementary school

| October 31, 2016
The Coshocton High School Choir’s Chili Cook-Off will be moving to the elementary school this year due to lack of space at the high school. File Photo | Beacon

The Coshocton High School Choir’s Chili Cook-Off will be moving to the elementary school this year due to lack of space at the high school. File Photo | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton High School chili cook-off has grown to the point where the high school isn’t a sufficient space anymore. The cook-off has moved to the Coshocton Elementary School and will be Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors open at 11 a.m. and dinner will be served at noon.

The chili cook-off is held as a fundraiser for the high school choir, who will be touring New York City May 31 through June 3, 2017. The trip costs $50,000 and the goal for the chili cook-off is to raise $10,000. Students must come up with 25 percent of the cost of the trip and the Choir Parent Organization will raise the rest by visiting various clubs and organizations around town. The choir will be traveling with Music Celebrations International for a three night, four day tour and give two performances while there. They will be working with a professional theatre company, which will critique the choir on their performances.

“We’re encouraging kids to knock on doors and ask if they can help work for it,” said Mike Blowers, choir director. “We’re trying to teach them the value of earning their way too.”

There are usually six to eight competitors in the chili cook-off, and Blowers would like to grow that number. As of press time, four competitors have committed to the competition. Each competitor needs to make 10 quarts of chili to be judged. There is no entry fee and trophies for first, second, and third will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice. An overall award will be presented for the People’s Choice.

“The chili cook-off portion of this is a big draw,” said Blowers.

If you would like to enter your chili in the chili cook-off, contact Blowers as soon as possible at 740-622-7861.

Every ticket holder is a judge and can start previewing the chili at 11 a.m. Dinner begins at noon and will consist of grilled cheese and salad.

New to the event this year will be three performances by the Coshocton High School choir on the elementary school stage. The first performance will be at 11:45 a.m. and will have a patriotic theme. The choir will perform a tribute to the Armed Forces and the Legacy Singers, a trio consisting of Tim Myers, Cassidy Logan, and Kaitlyn Krebs, will sing the National Anthem.

The choir will have two more performances during the cook-off. They will do a showcase review which will include songs from their show last year and then a showcase preview of their current show they will be taking to New York. Their theme this year is “Main Street to Broadway”.

At 1:30 p.m., a female barbershop quartet, 3MP, will perform. They are a chapter of the Sweet Adeline’s and made their debut performance at the Greatest Generation concert at the high school in 2013.

A gentleman representing the Miss Ohio pageant will be in attendance and hopes to feature the Coshocton High School choir in a state project.

“It’s exciting when a person of that level is interested in a high school group and wants to include us in some of the stuff they’re doing,” said Blowers.

There will also be an auction which in the past had items such as airplane rides, overnight hotel stays, and arts and crafts. You can view the auction items beginning at 11 a.m.

Tickets for the event are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $25 for immediate family members. A limited number of them will be available at the door.

“It takes a lot of work but the adrenaline’s flowing,” said Blowers. “This is really important to get the community involved.

Tags: , ,

Category: Education

About the Author ()

I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

Comments are closed.