Fun times at Fair's Chili Cook-off
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[August 05, 2014]
LINCOLN - The Logan County Fair is
often about food, fun, friends, and family and the annual chili
cook-off has a bit of each.
This year’s cook-off had 10 teams that included several veteran
teams and a few first timers. A lot of light bantering and teasing
occurs between teams and more than one team noted that the last
year’s champion Ritterbush team is the one to beat. Merlin and Lacey
Horath even called themselves “Team Bushwhacker.”
Contestant Geri Mollohan with her “Momma’s Cowgirl Chili” comes back
year after year to have fun and says it has become a family
tradition at fair time.
Family tradition plays a role in Mike Patterson’s chili as he uses a
recipe handed down from his father that he has been making for 25
years. Patterson came back because he had a great time last year and
met a lot of great people.
First time contestants Jim and Sandy Bobell say that they have
always wanted to be in the cook-off and are now able to do it since
their kids have grown up and no longer show pigs.
Duane Petty and Doug Ritterbush definitely have cooked up award
winning recipes. Their “Dandy BBQ” banner shows that Petty and
Ritterbush are five time people’s choice champions and four time
The recipes ranged from sweet to hot to spicy, though Jennifer
Luckhart of Nuthatch Hill BBQ says their chili is nice and mild
because they do not want to knock the kid’s socks off.
Dave Eyrse says his Sugar Creek Chili has a little bit of a kick to
Many people enjoyed sampling the various chilis.
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After ten judges sampling all the chilis, the results were
finally announced. Doug Demay said it was the closest contest
ever. Dave Eyrse was the 2014 champion.
For champion Eyrse, it was his first time receiving first place.
New contestants, Team Miller Lite’s Jim and Sandy Bobell,
received second place. While last year’s champion, Doug
Ritterbush, received third place. Merlin and Lacey Horath of
Team Bushwhacker tied for fourth place with Rick Boward and his
Deer Camp Chili.
The Horath's also received best presentation, and the people’s
Choice Award went to Frank Adubato and Josh Slightom.
Though not all received awards, all of the teams had a great
time, which most contestants say is the reason they come back
year after year.
[By ANGELA REINERS]