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Chili Cook-Off nears

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@h-ponline.com

The Huntington County Council on Aging (HCCOA) seventh annual Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner, giving the community a chance to bring their taste testing skills to the table while supporting the HCCOA building fund.

On October 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 1450 W Park Drive, HCCOA’s future location, decorated tables will feature carefully concocted chili recipes.

The Huntington Fire Department will be making the big decision on who gets trophies for each chili division -- hottest chili and crowd favorite, to name a few.

Dick Murray, assistant director of HCCOA, said he’s hoping the event has a good turn-out.

“It’s just a lot of fun, hopefully we get a crowd out to have a good time,” he said. “We normally probably get about 300 people in that time frame, in that 3 hours and hopefully we’d like to build on that.”

New to the cook-off is a trophy awarded for the best decorated table, which will be determined by a few people from the HCCOA Senior Center. Murray said there is no theme for the decorations, the cooks can decide how they would like to decorate.

Those who want to compete must pay a $10 registration fee by October 8 and must bring at least two gallons of homemade chili, crock pots or roasters and a dipping ladle. Tables table coverings, chairs, electricity, chili tasting cups, spoons, napkins, water and lemonade will be provided.

For $5, attendees will be able to taste test as much chili as they want. Hot dogs, chips, brownies and other baked goods will also be available for purchase. All money from the cook-off will go toward the building fund for HCCOA.

Murray said they purchased the property at 1450 W Park Dr several years ago and have been in the process of raising money for a new building to relocate there ever since. Murray said “every dollar and dime helps.”

Those interested in the cook-off, or in need of more information can call Murray at (260)-359-4410.