Chili Cook Off

Hannah Kofron dishes up a cup of chili for Spencer Gear at the Hobo Days Committee booth at the 12th annual Britt Chamber Chili Cook Off, Salsa and Cinnamon Roll Competition last year.

BRITT | Chili, salsa and cinnamon rolls are a popular combination in Britt.

That’s thanks to the Britt Chamber of Commerce’s annual cook-off and salsa and cinnamon roll competition.

“It’s a very well-attended event,” said Bill Eckels, The Cobbler Shoppe owner and chamber member. “A lot of people come, and the gym is full.”

The event — in its 13th year — will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 at the West Hancock High School and feature a variety of chili, salsa and cinnamon rolls for members of the community to taste and judge.

When the event started, Christie Hobscheidt, one of the event’s organizers, said it started with chili and cinnamon rolls, a “really delicious” combination she and others often enjoyed growing up, and the chamber decided to add salsa several years ago to accommodate individuals in the community who made salsa or enjoyed eating it.

“The ones who come really enjoy going to each table and seeing what everybody’s made,” she said.

Individuals who come to taste during the event will receive a bowl, a spoon and tickets to vote for the chili, salsa and cinnamon rolls they feel are the best.

Chili and salsa will be entered and judged in three categories. For chili, there will be a category for mild, spicy and unique entries. For salsa, there will be a category for mild, hot and unique entries, and for cinnamon rolls, there is one category.

It costs $5 for individuals 5 years old and older to attend the event, and $2 for children 4 and younger.

Proceeds from the event will go to the chamber to promote the community and its events and possibly a community organization or entity that has not been determined yet.

“We’ve done the swimming pool, food bank and school,” Hobscheidt said of past recipients of the funds. “We always give back to the community.”

She said the chamber is still looking for individuals, or businesses, to compete in the event. Entries are limited to the first 18 received.

“If anybody would like to participate, call and let us know,” she said.

For more information about entering the event, call Angie Gerdes at 641-430-7511, Bill Eckels at 641-843-3512 or Christie Hobscheidt at 515-491-8196.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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