Rotary announces 28th annual Chili Cook-Off

Tom Guiler prepares to serve chili to an interested customer in a prior chili cook-off.
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LUDLOW, Vt. – The Ludlow Rotary Club is looking for a few good cooks to make chili for next month’s 28th annual Chili Cook-Off. Think you’ve got a taste that can’t be beat? Here’s your chance to vie for bragging rights, cash prizes, and a nifty plaque. There is an entry fee. All that’s needed are 3 to 5 gallons of your favorite chili delivered hot to the cook-off on the morning of the event.

Email cook-off co-chairpersons for an application: Suzanne Garvey at Mary Davis Real Estate, or Glenn Heitsmith at Timber Inn Motel, You can also drop a note at P.O. Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

The cook-off will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 – rain or shine – under the tent on Depot Street by the traffic light. The event offers up to two dozen varieties of chili, including traditional, vegetarian, and exotic. Entry fee includes all-you-can-eat served in a collectible mug while supplies last. There’s also cider, bread, and ice cream. Tasting starts at 11 a.m. and continues until the last spoonful is ladled out, usually around 2 p.m.

Participants vie for cash prizes in three People’s Choice categories. Plaques are awarded by the Rotary-appointed judges who decide favorite, spiciest, and team spirit.

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