BELPRE, Ohio Competition was heating up at the Station Lounge in Belpre Sunday for the Chili Cook Off benefiting the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley.
“It’s become quite a competition, I think there's a lot of bragging rights that go with this so a lot of people really bring out the best in them” says a former Humane Society board member helping with the event.
John House was one of the contestants but not a veteran competitor.
“I'm hoping to win. This is my first ever chili cook of and my chili is a legend in my own mind so I thought I'd give it a shot.”
House was one of 19 participants who's fate was in the hands of three judges. They evaluated the chili based on spiciness, aroma, appearance and taste. While many were there for good eats, it was also for a good cause.
Becky Johnston says “it takes a lot of money to run the humane society so individual fundraisers like this put on by private individuals is really a big help…It’s one of those things where people like to volunteer and like to help not everybody has it in their makeup to actually go up and actually work with the animals but they want to help the animals.”
Instead of a fee for contestants to enter their chili, they were to bring a donation for the Humane Society instead. After the votes were tallied, chili number 19 made by Lori Lemasters was named the winner.
Not everyone had the honors of getting an apron or medal, but they all celebrated full stomachs and good company. “It’s a great crowd they have a lot of fun they have a corn hole tournament going on, 50/50 drawings as well as the chili that they consume afterwards so yea we thank them for having us here.” Johnston adds.