Chili event adds 'south of the border' flare to Ludlow

The 20th Annual Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off, held Oct. 9, was the best attended chili event yet. Glenn Heitsmith, chairman of the cook-off event, helped organize the event for the Ludlow Rotary Club.

The event cost wasonly $7 per person and included a bowl for all-you-can-eat chili-also a competition-as well as cider, bread, and ice cream to help tame the flame. The proceeds from the event benefit the Black River Valley Senior Center.

Harris Family Chili won the Ludlow People's Choice Award with 56 votes.

Los Fearmanos by Ian Bruso and John Foreman took second with 52 votes.

Ghost Pepper Chili by Chris Saylor finished third with 40 votes.

The Judges' Choice favorite chili plaque went to Gill Odd Fellows Home.

The judges Spiciest Award went to Ghost Pepper Chili.

Vermont State Rep. candidate Brigid Faenza's Candidate Chili garnered the Team Spirit Award.

Retired chef Contessa D. LaPasta returned for a second year as a taste-tester. Locally known as Vicki Corrao of Cavendish, LaPasta joined first-time judges Steve Birge, co-owner of Black River Produce, and Vermont Sen. Alice Nitka.

The Chili Cook-Off occupied a large tent at the corner of Depot and Main streets in the center of downtown Ludlow.

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