Wanted: Chili and soup cooks

Six individuals or teams have signed up so far to compete in next weekend’s chili and soup cook-off here, and more cooks are sought for the friendly competition.

The cook-off, which will raise funds for the Holton Fire Department, has been set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Holton Square in conjunction with the Fall Fest Vintage Market.

Those wanting to participate in the annual chili and soup cook-off must provide four to five gallons of their homemade recipe that Saturday. 

There is a $1 registration fee, and cooks are encouraged to pre-register by contacting David Powls at The Holton Recorder at 785-364-3141.

A list of cooks set to participate in the event will be published in an upcoming edition of The Holton Recorder

In addition to the soup or chili, participants must provide their own table, extension cord for electric hook-ups, a larger cooker to keep their food warm and larger bowls and spoons to serve residents who wish to purchase a larger bowl of their food. Cooks are also encouraged to decorate their display. 

Tables need to be set up by 10:45 a.m. that Saturday for judging and public participation at 11 a.m. 

To sample the variety of chili and soup that day, a pack of tasting bowls will be sold at a cost of $5 per person. The fee will include enough tasting bowls to sample all the chili and soup provided that day. 

The tasting bowls will be available to purchase at a table in front of The Holton Recorder that Saturday. All proceeds from the purchase of the tasting bowls will be donated to the Holton Fire Department.

In addition, members of the public can also purchase a larger bowl of their favorite recipe from the participating cooks, who are encouraged to donate a portion of those proceeds to the fire department. Each cook will set the price of any larger bowls sold. 

Like previous years, various prizes will be awarded including “People’s Choice,” “Best Chili,” “Best Soup” and “Fire Chief’s Favorite.” 

The best chili cook will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks and five free tickets to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. The people’s choice winner will receive a one-year subscription to The Holton Recorder

Holton Fire Chief Kevin Ingels has agreed to serve as one of the judges for the event and noted that donations to the fire department are always appreciated. 

For more information, call The Holton Recorder at 364-3141.

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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