The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce chili fest in downtown Princeton last Saturday had a big turnout in during that cool first day of autumn with the first hard frost of the season. By noon, when the chili fest began, it had warmed some to where some attendees were commenting that the temperatures were just right for chili – a touch of coolness but not too cold.
Chamber coordinator Mary Chapman reported selling 800 wristbands, each one allowing the wearer to sample the chili and salsa entries and vote on those, and vote on the best scarecrow. Chapman estimated the attendance at just under 3,000, explaining that many more attend who don’t do chili sampling. “I think it was a great success,” Chapman said, noting that someone with Rich Wieber’s Bicycle Stunt Show reported having their best crowd yet. Avery’s Taekwondo group and the Caravan Dancers put on demonstrations to add some flavor, while craft booths and children’s activities also added.
The following are the results of the various competitions at the chili fest:
Best chili among 12 entries
1st – Jaycees (Cheryl Sproessig)
2nd – Bubba’s Chili (Rodney Lind and Brian Meyer)
3rd – Trinity Lutheran (Mali Vance)
Best salsa among seven entries
1st – Crandall’s Barefoot Gardens (Lori Crandall)
2nd – Trinity Lutheran (Mali Vance)
3rd – Riverside Chiropractic (Eric Brandt)
Best chili booth
Kelly and Bob Guptil dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone in a booth called Herbivore versus Carnivore. Kelly made the vegetarian herbivore chili and Bob made the carnivore chili with meat.
Sidewalk chalk art winners
Lucy Knutson – ages 4-6
Sylvia Steele – ages 7-10
Rachel Oleen – ages 11-14
Jennifer Adams – ages 15 and up
1st – Bridget Othoudt
Best car in car show
1st – Hooper with yellow Super Bee
2nd – Paul Gruber with 1929 Ford Model A
3rd – Frank King with 1953 Mercury.