Tender loving care stole the show during the fifth annual chili competition organized by Helping Animals of Warren County.
“It’s a mild chili,” said Patty Allen, who won first place.
When asked to share her secret, she added, “It’s got TLC in it.”
Second place went to Mike Allen, while third place went to Ron Horton.
Teamwork makes the dream work, but the Allens were not in this together.
“My chili had a little heat to it,” said Mike. “Spicy is the way to go when it comes to chili.”
The organization fundraiser enjoyed a strong year.
“We raised over $3,500,” said HAWC president Hollie Cox. “We had 11 chili entries and a huge selection of auction items this year. We are truly grateful for everyone who donated something, attended, cooked, volunteered and judged. We can’t do what we do without the support of the community so thank you.”
Among the other competitors was Don Pitts, who brought a “Texas-style chili” to be judged.
“There are no beans in my chili,” he said. “True Texas-style chili doesn’t contain beans. There’s a saying, ‘If you put beans in chili, you don’t know beans about chili.’”
Dana King brought organic chili.
“It’s just chili,” she said. “It’s all organic. All the ingredients are organic. It also contains fresh sausage and fresh ground meat.”
Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to assist animals in the county and educate residents about the need to spay and neuter.