Chili Challenge held on Windsor Town Green

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
It’s obvious Kindred Healthcare spiced things up this year with their casino-themed chili booth. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
It’s obvious Kindred Healthcare spiced things up this year with their casino-themed chili booth. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Mild, moderate or super-hot – no matter how they liked their chili, visitors could find recipes of all types at this year’s Chili Challenge on Oct. 12. Held annually in downtown Windsor, it has become one of the best-attended events in town.

“It was huge,” said Chamber of Commerce organizer and so-called “Empress of Chili” Lori Hartmann. “It gets bigger and better every year.” The green was packed, as hundreds of people enjoyed the live music while tasting different chilis and perhaps a beer to wash it all down.

Hartmann said that 10,000 chili cups and spoons were distributed and that eventually they ran out and had to break into the “reserve” Styrofoam cups.  Hartmann says that they were trying to be “green,” but high attendance necessitated the use of back-ups.  “We had a record number of cooks and attendees,” she said.

The chili judges were Anna Posniak (judging chairperson), Nick Oliva, John Gamache, Peter Esbensen, Peter Souza, David Poppel and Rebecca Royer-Poppel.

Trophies and prizes were awarded in the following categories:

Best Chili:
1st place - Windsor Volunteer Ambulance
2nd place - Carmon Funeral Homes
3rd place - Windsor Republicans

Best Booth:
1st place - D'alea Design
2nd place - Kindred Health Care
3rd place - Windsor Jaycees

People's Choice:
1st place - VFW Ladies Auxiliary
2nd place - Buffalo Soldiers
3rd place - Windsor Mad Scientists

The biggest problem organizers faced was the onslaught of interested bees. With powdered sugar flying at the fried dough stand and standing trash bins heaped with food, “the only fly in the ointment was bees,” said Hartmann.

The event was sponsored by Windsor Federal Savings and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.


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