The location will be different but the menu will be the same at this year’s 12th Annual Chili Challenge.
The tasting-and-judging event is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas, Great Bend. It was formerly held at the Eagles Lodge. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 5 and there will be a 20-entry limit.
The Bikers of Central Kansas (BOCK) sponsors this yearly fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice.
“We hope to hear from chili cooks who are willing to put their recipes to this community taste test,” said Randy Long, BOCK president. “Everyone always has a good time and it is a great way to support Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice.
“This caring, non-profit agency helps our neighbors in Barton and Pawnee county communities through difficult times,” Long added. “We encourage central Kansans to support this most worthy cause.”
There is no entry fee for contestants, who are asked to bring a roaster full of chili that is heated and ready to serve, if possible.
The cook who wins the Best Chili Award will receive $100 in cash and a trophy. Second and third places will earn trophies, and the Best Presentation Award will receive the traveling trophy.
Admission to the event is $6 and desserts will be available for an extra dollar each.
Donita Wolf, GBHH&H director, said the agency always appreciates BOCK’s efforts and the community’s participation in the Chili Challenge.
“We know everyone spends time, effort and money on behalf of our patients, and we are truly grateful,” Wolf said. “This wonderful event helps us pay for medications for our hospice patients, which is crucial for many families.”
GBHH&H is owned and operated by Central Kansas Medical Center.
For more information or to register, contact Randy or Dian Long, 620-564-3170 or 620-791-7308; Rae Brack, 620-792-3934; or Mike Henderson, 620-617-1538.