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Chili Cook-off: Kosh FFA Alumni holds fundraiser

Thursday, February 26, 2009

After the judging, the crowd lined up to enjoy a taste of the best chili in the area.Photo by Steven Looney
It was smokin' at the Koshkonong High School Vo-Ag building Feb. 21 when the first annual chili cook-off was held. The Kosh FFA Alumni sponsored the event to help raise funds for the high school FFA chapter.

According to FFA Chapter Secretary Thomas Reid, "The funds will help send kids to camp and to pay for some alumni sponsored awards at the end of the year."

The chili cook-off awarded a Grand Prize of a $75 Walmart gift card for first place and $30 second place prize. According to Reid, "We worked hard to raise that money so we could give it to the winner. I thought last week we were not going to have many entries in the cook-off, then at the last minute, we had 16 entries. I find it amazing."

Chili entries came, not only from Koshkonong, but Thayer, Peace Valley, Brandsville, Alton and West Plains.

The judges doing the difficult task of judging the chili were Koshkonong Mayor Bud Adams, with Corrine Russell and Pat Murphy. After testing all 16 entries, the judges selected the chili of Carrie Firman from Koshkonong as the Grand Prize winner and the runner-up chili selection was Lynna Pallas of Thayer. After the judging, everyone was able to sample all of the different chili, some people added Fritos and cheese, to make it just like they liked it.

Close to 100 people attended the event. Local musical group, Family Traditions, entertained judges, competitors and guests.

Rhonda Spreutels FFA Alumni president said, "The event raised over $500 to donate to the FFA chapter for the leadership camp."

FFA chapter secretary Thomas Reid said, "Camp Rising Sun is a leadership camp, held at Lake of the Ozarks. They have different leadership events and fun actives such as fishing; they have a dance, play basketball, volleyball, and such. There are a lot of leadership events up there and is a good chance for students to get their leadership pins in the FFA. The leadership pin is a big key to getting points for your state and American degrees."

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