Marion County's 24th Chili Cook-off
Photos and story by Susan Winfree
 
OCALA BREEDER SALES HELD THE CHILI COOK-OFF FOR 15 YEARS, BUT THIS YEAR THE EVENT WAS MOVED TO IT'S NEW LOCATION.  THE SOUTHEASTERN LIVESTOCK PAVILION IS NOW THE NEW LOCATION FOR THE EVENT. 
THE MOVE SEEMED TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL, AS PEOPLE PACKED THE PAVILION ALL DAY. PARKING WAS NOT A PROBLEM AS THERE WAS ACRES OF PARKING NEXT TO THE ARENA. AND BEING CLOSER TO TOWN SEEMED TO BRING EVEN MORE PEOPLE.
40 TEAMS WERE ENTERED THIS YEAR SO THERE WAS PLENTY OF VARITY IN TASTE AND 'HEAT' . FROM MILD TO "OH MY GOSH, MY MOUTH IS ON FIRE!   WATER....WATER..."
THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT RECIPES, ONE I TASTED HAD BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PUMPKIN IN IT. IT WAS GOOD!!
I LOVE THE WAY THEY GO ALL OUT TO DECORATE THE BOOTHS.  EVERYONE HAS SO MUCH FUN AT THIS EVENT.  GOOD FAMILY FUN .  AND LET'S NOT FORGET, IT'S A FUNDRAISER FOR THE CORNERSTONE SCHOOL.
I CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!!

 

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