The preparation for the cook off is a huge job for everyone concerned.
Frank at the helm, Marion and Valerie amassing prizes for the raffle, t-shirts and aprons to be ordered, beer, wine,tequila and soft drinks bought, tents to be delivered, chili ingredients to be bought, prepared and cooked……well I’m sure you get the big picture! The whole event is a huge deal. An enormous amount of preparation. Is it worth it…..you bet!
Saturday morning and the day of the big event. It rained hard with thunder and lightning over night. It rained hard early this morning and I really thought we were sunk but……it cleared off and we all breathed a sigh of relief!
We all met at our stations at 12pm so that that cooks could sample each other’s chili . I was nauseated by chili at this point and didn’t try any although I served any cook who wanted to taste.
I wore my crown from Eddie’s birthday party….Queenie!
1pm is the official start time and we are now serving. That’s Rocky beside me and we had fun together. Rocky knows his chili because Colorado is next to New Mexico and that’s where the really good Hatch chili peppers are. He made green chili a couple of years ago but he said it wasn’t well received as people didn’t know what it was.
Jim and Theresa are still here and although Jim was under the weather he tried the chili. Since he and Theresa are family they probably voted for me…..I hope!
Second pot and I still have chili left and so do a lot of other cooks. Last year we ran out and there were tickets left….this year we ran out of tickets and there was chili left. Impossible to get it just right.
That’s Helene on the left. She was a ticket seller too.
Hal & Helene. Hal was our official photographer.
Park owner, Felipe was properly thanked for allowing us to hold our event. I think Marion was thirsty after her raffle extravaganza!
Frank introduces Rocky.
Frank introduced all 22 cooks after the chili tasting was done. There is good camaraderie between us and it is all fun.
Frank & Sandi
The raffle prizes have been won, the chili has been sampled, the votes are being counted and we are all waiting to hear who won.
I should have pictures of the winners but since I was waiting with the cooks….I don’t. I will tell you my chili was well received and I had many guesses as to the spicing. There is a little bit of cinnamon in mine and people could taste it, and liked it.
I did not win this year and it is not even a slight issue as last year’s first place win was a complete surprise. I think most of us are just happy to have people enjoy what we cooked. All good!
1st, 2nd and 3rd place were all won by out of park cooks. I will try to get their pictures and names.
Eddy and his wife Sandy sold the 50/50 tickets this year. The 50/50 draw was won by Millie who comes from out of the park. She has many friends here and plays cards with us ladies. She donated most of her share back to the orphanage. Thank-you for your generosity Millie!
The Las Cougars and Los Coyotes band from Mar Villa RV park once again donated their time to play for us. Dancing and music were under the palapa. Thank-you.
The whole event was pretty well wound up by 6pm and everyone had a great time.
Thank-you to all who participated.
I will have missed people who should be thanked but it is hard to participate and keep track. Pat yourselves on the back as you all did a great job.