Parktoberfest brings out chili cooks

| October 14, 2013

WARSAW – The Fourth annual Parktoberfest Chili Cook-Off was the best yet for the Warsaw community.

“We had 11 people enter, which is the most we’ve ever had,” said Jesse Fischer, president of the River View Park Board. “This also was the best crowd. Food was flying out of the kitchen and chili was running low at 5:30 p.m.”

Parktoberfest was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, at the River View Community Park to raise money for the operation and maintenance of the park and pool. Admission was free, but for a $5 donation, attendees could sample as many of the chili entries as they wanted. There also was a beer garden for those 21 years of age and older and bratwurst, hot dogs, water and soft drinks served by the River View Park Board

Judy Anderson helped Betty Wright serve up her Country Kitchen Chili.

“It’s a mild old fashion chili,” Wright said. “My son was going to do this and he asked me to enter too. I thought it would be some good family time.”

Betty’s son Lance dished out his Backwoods Chili at a table decorated in a Halloween theme by his helper Brandie Fabian.

Lance is originally from Warsaw, but this is the first time he’s had the opportunity to compete in the cook-off.

“I’m excited to be in it,” he said.

Paid patrons selected the people’s choice winner in the cook-off, but a panel of three people, Mike Snyder, Rob Ford and Bret Berry, picked the judge’s choice winner.

“I liked 85 percent of them,” Berry said. “None of them tasted the same. It was tough to pick a winner. A couple of them were really close.”

The results of the Fourth annual Parktoberfest Chili Cook-Off were:

–          Judges’ Choice from blind taste test: Adam Fischer, champion and Vicci Harper, runner-up

–          People’s Choice from popular vote: Adam Fischer, champion and Steve Prosek, runner-up

The people’s choice winner received a $200 prize sponsored by Northpointe Dental in

Zanesville and the Judges’ Choice winner earned a $200 prize sponsored by Fischer Funeral Home of Warsaw/Danville.

Adam donated both of his prizes back to the River View Community Park. The event grossed $1,568.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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