Whether you like chili mild, hot, spicy, or sweet,
and with or without beans, you can find almost any type to suit your
taste at the annual event held the final weekend of the Logan County
Longtime participant Doug Ritterbush took the helm a couple years
ago after the event's leader, Doug DeMay, died in 2017.
Since that time, the event was named in memory of
This year’s cook-off had nine teams that including one new team
For many who enter, the cook-off is part of their fair tradition.
Oh, and for that matter, the same is true for most of those who come
To give their chili a unique flavor, contestants use a variety of
meats, beans, seasonings and spices.
New contestant Justin Thies said he made his chili sweet and
Brad Luckhart and his teammate “Coody” used Louisiana Brisket to
make a Southern style chili.
David Carter said it is good to get a balance of spicy, sweet and
Some of the others said they were doing a “basic” or “traditional”
chili and trying not to get too fancy. A few made their chili spicy.
As the chili cooked, friendly rivals bantered back and forth over
who had the best chili.
Many people were
enjoying sampling the various chilis and said they liked a good,
traditional chili. Some also like the garlicky taste in the chili.
Judges then sampled each chili and mulled over what scores to give
This year's winners received plaques and the top team will have its
name on a plaque that will be placed in the fair office.
Winners of the chili cook-off included:
Best Presentation: Tom Ashley.
First place: Gary Rademaker and Zack Eimer.
Second place: Justin Thies.
Third place and people’s choice: Brett and Janna Conrady.
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This year, the money raised for the People’s Choice
Award was to go to a charity of the winner’s choosing and the
Conradys are donating this money to the Cody Conrady fund to help
with his medical expenses.