Chili Put to the Test at North Country Chili Cook-off

Chili Put to the Test at North Country Chili Cook-off

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Chili, chili, and more chili.

33 chefs put their hats in the ring Saturday for the 20th annual North Country Chilly Cook Off.

The event was put on by the Jefferson County American Legion Auxiliary with all the money from admission and entries going to the Volunteer Transportation Center, which helps give people in the north country rides to things like doctor's appointments.

"It's just amazing what it does for the community and most of all the transportation that the volunteer center provides for our veterans and most of all the transportation that the volunteer transportation center provides," said said Amy McEathron, Jefferson County American Legion Auxiliary president.

Organizers said they expected a crowd of about 2,000 people and they hoped to raise more than $38,000 dollars.

"Great opportunity to get out in the public and see so many people. I tell you we've just started," said Brad Lundquist, who was attending the cook-off. "We are only on our third cup but we've got a lot to go."

"They're all really good though," said Emma Lavarnway.

And although everyone seemed to have a favorite, Samaritan Summit Village won the people's choice award as well as first place in the professional category. While Brownville American Legion post 508 won the amateur category and took silver for people's choice.  

"This is my 15th year doing this. First time I've ever won people's choice. So It's pretty exciting and it was a group effort," said Shawn McManaman with Samaritan Summit Village. 

The Chili Cook Off - a way too keep warm during a snowy north country winter.

7 News is a sponsor of the event. 

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