Volume 2, Number 1 - April 4, 2002
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Aniel Daniel Chili Cook-Off Hits 21 Mark
by Rhonda Swain
It was definitely a hot time in the old town last Saturday for the
Daniel Community Club members and their guests. Although the money raised was about the same as last year, in terms
of attendance and entries, the 21st Aniel Daniel Chili Cook-off was
a huge success, with about 150 people feasting on 28 chili entries.
It was definitely a hot time in the old town last Saturday for the Daniel Community Club members and their guests.
Although the money raised was about the same as last year, in terms of attendance and entries, the 21st Aniel Daniel Chili Cook-off was a huge success, with about 150 people feasting on 28 chili entries.
Steve James, one of the event organizers, said the Daniel Community Club "made a little over $2,600 ... it was about the same amount of money as last year ... But attendance was up quite a bit, especially on the chili entries, by twice as many or more.
One local, who happens to be a sheriff’s department undersheriff, has entered chili for 12 years and turned out to be a big winner this year, James said.
"Henry Schmidt had the best of show chili, which was the top chili ... it got the most votes of all the deals," he said. "He got neither first place, in the green or red chili category, but he got the top votes."
Schmidt’s chili took best of show and second place in the red category, which earned him a coat rack made and donated by Joey’s Welding and Metal Artwork in Rock Springs. Schmidt said he put over 8 pounds of meat in his super sizzler.
Of the nine green chili entries, Daniel’s Mari David’s was judged the tastiest, or hottest maybe, and she earned $36 of the money returned from entry fees.
Nineteen cooks created culinary masterpieces to enter in the red chili category, and first place and a check for $76 went to Ross McCracken.
For the third year in a row, Big Piney’s Susie Greenwood’s blueberry cheesecake brought the high bid, $115 this year, in the dessert auction. Seventeen cakes and desserts were auctioned, most of which James said were donated back for auction again.
Jim Bob and Jake Griffin created a patriotic masterpiece: a cake decorated as a United States flag which Cris Paravicini bought for $60.
Cindy Ramsey’s ‘ranch’ cake brought her recognition as the best-decorated cake, for which she received a deer horn candelabra created by Jim Kiever. Ramsey’s cake measured about 2 feet by 6 feet, and came complete with a tractor and front-end loader, which the kids had run about the ranch, judging by the tire tracks in the frosting.
Funds raised from the dessert auction totaled a phenomenal $1,600.
One reason the cook-off is such a fund-raising success is that most everybody donates their winnings back, James said, and he commended the great support from Rod Bennett and Norm Waller, both of Big Piney.
"They have come every year for two or three years now and are really good supporters," he said. "They were the high money spenders this year and we were gonna’ give them an award but they made us auction it off and keep the money. They wouldn’t accept the award," James concluded.
Best of Show - overall
Henry Schmidt – coat rack
Green Chili Category – Nine Entries
1st - Mari David - $36
2nd – Hank Ruland - $21.60
3rd – Azer Aldrich - $14.40
Red Chili Category – Nineteen Entries
1st – Ross McCracken - $76
2nd – Henry Schmidt-$45.60
3rd – Norm Waller - $30.40
Photo credits: Delsa Allen
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