POULTNEY-The Poultney Rotary Club will host its 20th annual Chili Cook-Off Sat., Sept. 26. Come one and all rain or shine to historic Main Street from 11 a.m. until the final announcement of winners at 1:30 p.m.
"Fall is in the air and this will be the biggest and best Chili Cook-Off in Rutland County," said Chrispin L. White, Rotary president and director of The Robert T. Stafford Center for the Support and Study of the Community at Castleton State College. "Last year we had over 800 participants and sold out cups early. Don't miss out on a festive and fun time."
All are invited to be a chili cooker or taster. "Cookers begin cooking the chilling at 8 a.m., and the music and merriment begins at 10 a.m.," said White. "We're expecting 25 chili cookers with a large variety for sampling."
Poultney Rotary members will greet you at the registration table. The entry fee of $8 includes a commemorative 20th anniversary-sampling cup. There is no charge for the chefs. T-shirts will also be for sale.
Prizes in the amount of $1,050 will be awarded: 1st place for Vermont Chili Champion $350; 2nd place $250, 3rd place $100, Best Chili by Popular Vote $100, Student Category $100, Best Vegetarian Chili $100, and Best Theme Booth $50.
DJ John Saltis will supply music with live radio remotes from WVNR in Poultney and Cat Country.
Pictured is the famous "chicken dance" in which kids of all ages participated in last year's event.
The Rotary Club Chili Cook-Off traditionally assists in raising funds for projects and scholarships in the Poultney school district and local food shelf.
For more information and to register as a chili cooker, please call Harry Stanyon at 287-9987.