The 16th annual Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Fowlerville 4th of July Committee, is planned on Saturday, March 14, at the Fowlerville VFW Post 6464, located at 215 Veterans Drive. The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m.
This is a major fundraiser for the committee, with the proceeds used to fund the fireworks, along with the parade and other activities, that are held in Fowlerville on Independence Day.
Contestants, usually numbering around 20 or more, will offer their specially-made entries—ranging from mild to extra hot and everything in between. Each and all promise to be interesting.
Those attending will taste-test these different chili recipes and vote on their favorites with a cash donation.
There’s a new addition at this year’s event. A Homemade Soup Contest will also being held. So if chili isn’t your ‘dish’, then you’re invited to join this part of the competition or try the various soup entries, with the same voting taking place.
A full bowl of chili or soup, along with a full salad bar and desserts are available for purchase.
Other activities include a 50-50 cash raffle, a silent auction, and several vendors will have booths set up, selling merchandise.
Contestants for the Chili and Soup cook-offs are still being accepted. If interested, the entry form can be found on our Facebook page, Livingston County Fireworks or by contacting Michelle Soli at MichelleSoli@yahoo.com or Brandon Denby at BDenby@livgov.com. If you have any additional questions you can contact the Fowlerville 4th of July Committee on Facebook (Livingston County Fireworks) or our Chairman, Brandon Denby 517.540.8823 BDenby@Livgov.com
Dinner includes one sample of each chili and soup entry and one bowl of the chili or soup of your choice, plus a salad, beverage and dessert. Prices are $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children 5-12 years old.
Chili will be judged for these five categories:
People's Choice. The attendees will vote for the chili entry that they think has the best taste.
Judge's Choice. Three non-partial judges will determine the overall best tasting.
Best Spicy. The best chili with a zing!
Best Presentation. The contestant with the best decorated display of their table space.
Most Unique Chili. This category is for chili entries that differ from the normal.
Soup will be judged for these two categories:
Judge’s Choice. Three non-partial judges will determine the overall best tasting.
People’s Choice. The attendees will vote for the soup entry that they think has the best taste.
Additional parking for the event will be available at Ashland Aluminum across the street from the VFW hall and at Christian Resources International (CRI) on the north side of the hall.