River View Community Park hosts Chili Cook-Off

| October 16, 2012

Rita Hammon samples a cup of chili from contestant and People’s Choice winner, Debra Richards, at the chili cook-off at Parktober Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13 at River View Park. Eight contestants entered the contest to be named the best chili in the county. See more photos of the event on our website, www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com.

WARSAW – Eight local chili contestants faced off last Saturday, Oct. 13 at River View Park during the annual Parktoberfest.

“All benefits go to the park,” said Jesse Fischer, Park Board President. “It’s what we always do, just trying to maintain the park.”

Admission to Parktoberfest was free with a $5 charge for all-you-can-eat chili. The Park Board also supplied beer, soft drinks, brats, and hot dogs. Each chili entry was judged this year by three judges, Jerry Funk, Warsaw Village Councilman; Peggy Wilson of Peggy Sue’s Steak and Ribs; and Josh from the SportZone. Cash prizes were awarded to the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Champion.

“The best thing to do is try a couple at a time and then try a couple more,” said Becky Prosek, who attended the event. “I just think this is a really fun fall thing to do. It’s a very fun event.”

Debra Richards received first place in the People’s Choice Awards and Adam Fischer took first place in Judge’s Choice. Fischer was also runner-up for the People’s Choice award and Kathy Snyder was runner up for Judge’s Choice.

“The focus of my chili is small family farms and most of the ingredients in my chili comes from small family farms in Ohio,” said Richards.

Brian Kirker also entered his famous chili in the contest.

“I came up here last year and checked it out and thought it would be fun to do,” he said. “Everyone tells me I make good chili, so I thought I’d come and try it.”

The event was sponsored by Hasseman Marketing, William Todd Drown, Northpointe Dental, L.W. Randles Cheese, Walhonding Valley Firefighters Association, and Fischer Funeral Home.

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