Mike Travis, middle, 1st Place Winner
Chili Cook-off Benefits Emporium Moose Kids Christmas Cameron County Inaugural Chili Cookoff Benefit winners announced. Crazy Eyes BBQ (Mike Travis) took first with a smoked brisket chili, second place went to Kurt Ripple, with his famous Kersey Chili, and Dorothy Hastings highlighted her chili with beer. The three earned top votes among 10 competitors.
The proceeds were given to the Emporium Moose Lodge 368 for Christmas for Kids. The event held at My Place was in conjunction with the Winter Fest. The temperatures Saturday, combined with the sun and little snow base forced the cancellation of the outdoor activities at the Emporium Country Club.
“The chamber was pleased that Jody Martin from My Place wanted to expand the outdoor festivities and give adults something to do,” said Tina Johns Solak, executive director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. Friday night was the beer and pretzel gala featuring Straub and Coors products with the chili cook-off ending the event on Sunday afternoon.