2007-02-10 / News

Chili Champ To Seek Repeat Success at This Year's Contest

Annual Island Chili Cook-off Set for Feb. 17

Hot and cold are the two main elements for fun in the 14th annual Mackinac Island Chili Cook-off and Postcard Poker Ski and Walk Rally Saturday, February 17.

Apoker rally, in which participants can either cross-country ski or walk at their own pace to each designated stop, will begin at 9 a.m., with the starting point at Village Inn Restaurant on Hoban Street. The rally will take participants to many landmarks throughout the Island, including Arch Rock, Fort Holmes, Fort Mackinac, and Sugarloaf.

Registration for the poker rally will be at the Village Inn between 9 a.m. and noon. Prizes will be announced at 5 p.m.

The chili cook-off contest will be from noon until 4 p.m. Last year's winner, Ray Card, of Mackinac Island, said he is set to win it again as he boasts an improved chili recipe this year. Mr. Card beat out second-place finisher John Cadotte by only one vote, the closest contest since the cook-off began in 1993, according to the Village Inn. There were 11 entries last year.

The entries will be judged by the public.

People can enter their chili in the contest until 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants should make two to four gallons of chili for the contest.

To taste and judge at the all-you-can-eat chili buffet, the fee is $6 per person, with no charge for children ages 12 and younger. Hot cocoa and lemonade will be offered, as well.

Winners of the contest will be announced at 5 p.m.

Prizes include a two-night stay on the Island, dinner for two at the Village Inn, a trophy, and $200 cash.

After the chili contest, a winter stone skipping contest may be held at the shore near the Village Inn. Competition will start out with participants digging through the snow to find a stone to throw.

To enter the chili cook-off contest, contact Peter Dewey at 847- 3542 or 643-9511.

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