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Youth Outreach takes chili prize

Judges sample chili and take notes during United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties’ annual Chili Cook-off Thursday at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. (Republican Eagle photos by Anne Jacobson)1 / 2
Justin Plein of Red Wing Community Education dishes up “Randy’s Hard Hat Chili.” The booth won best costume in the professional chef category.2 / 2

Red Wing Youth Outreach won overall honors Thursday night with a dish prepared by Liberty’s dubbed “Sweet Chili O’ Mine.” This first claimed the title for best professional traditional chili, enabling Youth Outreach to vie for the top honor at the 12th annual Chili Cook-off.

In addition to a panel of judges determining winners, members of the public paying $5 to attend received a coin to participate choosing the People’s Choice. They could buy additional coins to cast multiple votes — boosting their favorite’s chances.

Winning awards at United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties’ event at Treasure Island Resort & Casino were:

Best name: amateur chef, Under the Rainbow, “Bippity-Boppity-Boo Chili”; professional chef, Humane Society with chili prepared by Marie’s Underground, “What Does the Fox Say? Hot, hot, hot, hot.”

Best costume: amateur, Signworx; professional, Red Wing Community Education with chili prepared by Randy’s.

Best display: amateur, Merchants Bank Red Wing & Cannon Falls; professional, Treasure Island.

People’s Choice: amateur, Merchants Bank; professional. Nick’s Downtown Diner.

Best hot chili: amateur, Haley Comfort Systems; professional, HOPE Coalition with chili prepared by Marie’s Underground, winning overall category honor.

Best traditional chili: amateur, Merchants; professional, Youth Outreach/Liberty’s winning overall category honor.

Best unique chili: amateur, Haley Comfort Systems, winning overall category honor; professional, Treasure Island.

In addition, United Way honored its three Star Volunteer Award winners for 2015 that evening: Rojean Becker, Samantha Schanus and Barbara and Jeffrey Seaberg.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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