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Chili lovers drain bowls at cook-off

BY STEVE SKIPINSKI
OU News Bureau

Chili ran out at the 2nd Annual Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Chili Cook Off in Armada.

Blake’s Cider Mill hosted its second annual chili cook-off Jan. 28. David Blake, one of the event coordinators, said there were more than 500 attendees and 35 chili cookers, which shattered last year’s attendance of 350 chili tasters.

“It was great,” Chelsea Blake, the other coordinator, said. “We had record attendance, and people stayed much later than we expected due to having such a great time.”

Among those serving chili were Mandy Blake of Rochester, left, and Meghan Blake of Armada. PHOTO/STEVEN SKIPINSKI

According to the Facebook event page, chili would be served from 1-5 p.m., but the chili ran out by 3 p.m.

The chili contest was broken up into four categories and two sub-categories.

The winners were: Gerald Spriet, four-legged chili; Ryan McGlynn, two-legged chili; Josephine Metry, no-legged chili; Donna Mcninch, exotic chili; John Kowalski, people’s choice chili; and Ryan McGlynn was the overall winner.

McGlynn went home with a cash prize of $150, his name on the first-place trophy and two tickets to the Third Annual Cider Dayze Festival. The category winners went home with $75 in cash, personalized trophies and two tickets to the Cider Dayze Festival, as well.

The chili was served in three buildings to help control long lines.

The event had entertainment for those who didn’t indulge in chili, including a live band, corn hole, can jam and a bonfire.

When the contestant’s chili ran out, Blake’s provided complementary chili made by the head cook, Josh Robinson. Among those serving the chili were Mandy and Meghan Blake, nieces of David Blake.

“I made chili for two days straight,” Robinson said.

Robinson called his chili a “winter chili” because the vegetables that he used could be found year-round.

In total, Robinson said he made 55 gallons of chili.

David and Chelsea Blake said the high turnout meant they would continue the tradition next winter.

 

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