Skip to content

Flaming hot time at inaugural chili cook-off

Evesham Community Church Youth Group surpassed fundraising goal with chili competition.

MACKLIN — Macklin and district's first-ever annual chili cook-off, hosted by the youth group of Evesham Community Church, was a massive hit. On March 24, community members from the area came in large numbers to enjoy different chilis and to vote for their favourite pot of chili. This enabled the Youth Group to raise a total of $2,008, far exceeding their fundraising goal of $700.

A total of 12 teams competed for the title of Chili Cook-Off Winner. Teams from Senlac, Luseland, Evesham and Macklin entered their best chili dish. The dishes ranged from mild to spicy, along with sweet and sour chili and chili made with chicken, pulled pork and steak. The dessert table was a big hit and the cherry on top for many people.

After counting all of the votes, Time of Your Life Entertainment from Luseland was announced as the winner. The winning team received a floating trophy and a keeper plaque. Eric Beyer from Macklin was voted runner-up. Rita Davis from Time of Your Life Entertainment described the chili cook-off as “such an amazing day.” She said they had some great chili and that she couldn’t wait for the youth group’s chili cook-off next year.

“It is a great group of kids”, she added.

The youth group of Evesham Community Church donated the money they received to Medair, a charity providing emergency relief and rehabilitation to communities and children in need and affected by conflicts and disasters.

Willem Hoogstad, youth group member, thanked everyone in the community who supported the fundraiser, whether by entering a pot of chili, buying tasting tickets or donating directly. Lohan Linde, another member, said he had a lot of fun and was already looking forward to next year’s fundraiser. His sister Liné said that it was gratifying they got to surpass their fundraising goal.