Chili cook-off to headline Second Saturday

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Competition coincides with food drive

By Marty Finley

A cookoff that gained droves of admirers in its first year is returning to downtown Elizabethtown this weekend.

The Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council hosts its first Second Saturday November Chili Cookoff, pitting teams of cooks against each other as they try to outdo each other in preparing a popular winter dish. The contest is open to different styles of chili.

The event was held in conjunction with October’s Second Saturday activities last year, but it was moved to November to coincide with a food drive and the Thanksgiving holiday, said Christy Pritchard, chairwoman of the Heritage Council. Like last year, it will coincide with Second Saturday, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

The public will serve as taste testers and can purchase tickets to try all the chili entries for $3. Or, Pritchard said, they can substitute each dollar with a can of food for the food drive, meaning three cans of food will buy your way into the tasting. Pritchard encouraged each visitor to bring food for the drive, which benefits Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.

“Just as much as we can get,” Pritchard said of the drive. “We didn’t set a goal. The more the merrier.”

Pritchard said advanced registration is appreciated for the cook-off but those who want to come and set up on the day of the event are welcome. Joining the competition is free and all chili must be prepared off-site.

Trophies will be awarded for best tasting chili as well as showmanship and presentation. Participants are encouraged to form teams, choose a name and have fun. Pritchard said several city departments already have signed up.

Teams must bring their own food-handling utensils and install a covering over their booth on a controlled area, such as asphalt or concrete.

Participants also are required to supply a simple hand-washing facility, a lidded trash can and a method to keep food hot or cold, according to the guidelines. The Heritage Council will provide tasting cups.

As always, organizers of Second Saturday have lined up food vendors and arts and crafts booths in downtown. Pritchard said the city also is closing North Main Street between Public Square and Poplar Street to allow for live musical entertainment.

To obtain an entry form, go to www.1073thepoint.com/ChilliCook

Off.html. For information, call Axe at 270-982-1073.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.