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Chili bowl contest a hot ticket

May 11, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - This year, Dave Hott hasn't had to go out and recruit people for the annual Chili Bowl Contest - they have been coming to him.

"Several entries are in already," Hott said on May 4. "I'd like to hear from the rest of the entrants as soon as possible."

This year's event - the fourth annual - will be Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Widmeyer Park.

For the first time, contestants must cook their chili on the spot using their own equipment, which must be approved by Washington County Health Department officials who will be at the event.

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Chili will be judged, then sold to the crowd to raise funds for the Tri-State Re-use Center, one of the event sponsors.

The following prizes will be awarded - first place, $250; second place, $100; third place, $75; best vegetarian chili, $75; and best competition chili, $50.

The overall best competition chili winner will have the opportunity to compete at the regional National Chili Contest held in July in Frostburg, Md. The winner of the regional contest will advance to the national contest.

Last year, Mickey Thompson received a certificate proclaiming him a Charter Chilihead by the International Chili Society.

"Plaques will be awarded to the best restaurant chili, the People's Choice Award and best setup/open-air cookery award," Hott said.

Also, anyone who would like to participate in the salsa competition can bring their homemade salsa to the event for judging.

This year, in addition to the chili bowl and salsa categories, there will be a karaoke competition. The contest will begin at 10 a.m. at the bandstand at Widmeyer Park, Hott said.

The first 20 people to register will compete for cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25, with another $25 prize for the People's Choice winner. Top winners also will receive trophies.

The Hancock Arts Council will sponsor a cakewalk during the karaoke competition. All who attend the karaoke event are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

There also will be a frozen T-shirt contest, which requires participants to unroll a frozen T-shirt that has been soaked in water, rolled in a ball and then frozen, and put it on over their street clothes. The first person to complete the process is the winner.

A $25 entry fee is required in advance for the chili bowl contest. For an application, call Hott at 301-678-6026.

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