37th Aniel Daniel Chili Cookoff

Winning chili chef Jana Early is thrilled to find out her red chili wins the top overall prize, after she won first place and an apron for it and second place for her green chili at the Daniel Community Center’s annual cookoff and dessert auction on Saturday, March 9.

warms a chilly night

A record-setting chili contest

brought six judges to smiles and tears

as they sampled 17 pots of red chili and

eight of green chili at the Daniel Community

Center’s annual cookoff and dessert

auction on Saturday, March 9.

Judges for the red entries were Dianna

Brokling, Tom Goddard and Dave Stephens,

who also donated his auctioneering

expertise later. Judges of the green chilis

were Mack Rawhouser, Jen Adam and Bob

Beiermann.

After the two teams judged their respective

reds and greens, they chose the one

best overall entry. While crockpots were

labeled as “mild” or “medium,” entrants’

perspectives were clearly based on individual

tastes. A peek at a judge’s scoring sheet

shows “taste” is worth up to 50 points, followed

by 20 points for “heat” (too hot, too

little or just right). Ten points are given

for appearance, 10 for “other factors” and

10 more if the judge “would eat the whole

bowl.”

A huge crowd waited (relatively) patiently

inside the renovated schoolhouse as

the judges compared notes. People voted

for the best-decorated dessert and signed up

for silent auction items ranging from grassfed

beef to vintage model cars to jewelry.

After the judges reached their conclusions,

host Rena Looney announced the

chili winners.

In the “red” category, Jana Early won

the treasured first-place apron with Sue

Eversull winning second and Jennifer Rees

placing third.

In the green category, Mike Looney’s

chili brought first place and the coveted

chili cookoff apron. Jana Early was a close

Two tempting chocolate desserts gather votes before being sold.

Chili judge and guest auctioneer Dave Stephens starts bidding for the pie

held by Aurora Looney.

second and Shannon McCormick took

third. The overall top chili entry of the contest

was the overjoyed Early’s red. Chips

and salsa, salads, casseroles and all the

toppings were set out for the hungry, who

started a long line.

Emma Brown’s rainbow cupcakes were

judged as the best decorated dessert and

Eversull’s homemade pies brought in the

highest donations when Stephens auctioned

them off. Entries included homemade

apple, peach, lemon meringue and banana

cream pies, more cupcakes and a chocolatefrosted

cake with Peeps on top.

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Winning chili chef Jana Early is thrilled to find out her red chili wins the top overall prize, after she won first place and an apron for it and second place for her green chili at the Daniel Community Center’s annual cookoff and dessert auction on Saturday, March 9.


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