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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Boonslick People's Choice Chili Cookoff to bring out the best in Boonville

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  • The Boonville Farm and Garden Coaltion and the Concerned Citizen's for a Better Community would like to invite everyone to the Boonslick People's Choice Chili Cookoff and Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 13th from noon to 4 p.m. at the CCBC Community Center, 1111 Rural Street in Boonville.
    Join them for the best chili recipes in town along with live music, silent auction, raffles, bake sale and plenty of fall fun. This event is free and open to the public. There also will be vegetarian and vegan chili as well as plenty of non-chili food for sale.
    This is truly a people's choice event. A fee of $1 lets you judge the contest and each vote is $1. People can vote as many times as they wish. Twenty dollars will equal 20 votes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning chili in each division, along with bragging rights!
    Nancy McGee, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) with the Boonville Farm and Garden Coalition project said, "We expect some stiff competition. And we encourage everyone to bring their "A" game and talk up their chili as much as possible. In a People's Choice event, it's about more than just the chili. You need to let the people know why your chili is the best."
    The Boonslick People's Choice Chili Cookoff and Harvest Festival is a fundraiser for both the Boonville Farm & Garden Coalition and the Concerned Citizen's for a Better Community and all proceeds will be split between the groups.
    Chili entry registration runs until October 5th. Individual entries are $5 per entry and professional/restaurant entries are $15 per entry. Chili entries need to be presented in a crock pot that will keep the chili about 135 degrees for the duration of the contest.
    They will be accepting bake sale donations as well, so if you bake a mean chocolate chip cookie you can show off your talents! This non-profit encourages citizens to make a difference in their community by working together in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.
    The Boonville Farm and Garden Coaltion is a participating group of the Cooper County Healthy Lifestyles Initative. Dedicated members of the BFGC have come together to help support community-driven food production gardens in Boonville, Missouri. Their mission is to promote a broad community movement to support sustainable food production and enhance quality of life by facilitating open communication and shared resources.
    For more information about this event or to volunteer or register please call BFGC chairperson Rose Wise at 660-672-0036 or AmeriCorps VISTAs Nell McKay at 917-605-7000 and Nancy McGee at 516-368-2436 or visit our website at www.boonvillefarmgarden.org.

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