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RSCS Reunion - August 20-22 2010

Chili Contest Proves to be a Warm Event
By Bruce Watson
The fifth annual Chili Contest and Chinese Auction was held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Richfield Sprigs American Legion Post 616, sponsored by Unit 616 Legion Auxiliary.
 “I’ve been coming every year and tasting the varieties of chili. It’s a winter thing for people to do and gets people out in the wintertime for some fun and conversation,” offered Laurie Hext as she sampled varieties of homemade chili that ranged from mild, medium to hot.
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Local vets Bill Maksuta, Charlie Varin, and Charlie West, commander, were on hand to sample Terry Crandall’s entry in the “medium” division at the Fifth Annual Chili Contest sponsored by the American Legion Axillary Unit 616 at the American Legion on Lake Street, in Richfield Springs. (Photo by Bruce Watson)
The event was free for participants and part of the local Lions Club Winter Carnival. The Chinese auction consisted of many items donated by auxiliary members that included items ranging from handmade lap quilts, baby blankets and baby layettes, to jewelry and spa products. Even pets were remembered with pet care supplies included in some of the offerings for folks to take chances on.
High school students Evan Truex and Meghan Walsh were busy selling raffle tickets and helping the auxiliary with the event. Slices of homemade pies were available for purchase, to top off the chili tasting, if participants still had room after their main course.
As people sampled chili and nibbled on corn bread, in between the various entries they filled out ballots for their favorites in each category. As they progressed up the line of crock pots to the danger zone of “hot” entries, attendees would head for the ice water when particular varieties of hot and spicy chili were sampled.
For Rhiannon Nichols, who started with the hot chili entries, she found that they were definitely in the “five-alarm-fire” range.  She admitted that she prefers chili in the medium range. “I wouldn’t be able to eat anything without the cornbread that’s available, as my taste buds would be totally destroyed by the hot and spicy varieties,”  Nichols said before heading to the varieties that were kinder on the sinuses and tongue.
When the votes were tabulated, Marilyn Hext walked away with first prize in the ‘hot’ division. Kristen Kane won for her entry in the ‘medium’ division; and Randy Christian took first place in the ‘mild’ division.
The auxiliary was pleased with the attendance and plans to use the money raised to fund their many projects during the year.  
 


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