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20th Annual Chugwater CCO

The skies were blue and the chili stewed.  Thousands of chili lovers gathered Saturday at the Diamond Guest Ranch, for the 20th Annual Chugwater Chili Cookoff -  A.K.A. The Wyoming State Chili Championship.  Things started swinging the night before with a cooks party and BBQ.  It was a good time to catch up with our friends from across the border,  the Texas border that is.  Alan and Susan Dean were up from sunny Texas to partake in this chili event.  Mel and Diane Fitzhenry were also on hand for the festivities.  Well after a night of fun and merriment, things got underway the next morning.  The Warriors of the Crimson hosted a breakfast for the Colorado Chili Pod Members, friends, ex lovers, acquaintances, Robert, aliens.  Seriously though, we did make a breakfast of made to order Green Chili Omelet's, Sausage, Tortillas and Coffee.  After the cooks meeting was held and the  goody bags handed out, things started to heat up.  There was no shortage of cooks, crowd or chili on this fantastic June day.  When the crowd was not tasting chili they were having fun at a plethora of other events that were being conducted all over the Ranch.  From roping to Jalapeño eating contests, all to the tunes of "Partners in Rhyme" and "Danny Rogers & the Chugwater Band"

In the end, The Warriors of the Crimson Pepper came away as Wyoming State Champions in Showmanship and Steve Lee is the 2005 Wyoming State Chili Verde Champion!

       And now to the Winners:



Lynn Kober Powell, Wyoming


Robert Batie Loveland, Colorado


Steven Lee Longmont, Colorado


Kyle Haberman

Scottsbluff, Nebraska


Jim Smith Arvada, Colorado


Diane Fitzhenry Terlingua, Texas


Lyman Wilkinson

Loveland Colorado


Greg Reese Cheyenne, Wyoming


Steve Stuhr Highlands Ranch, Colorado


Julia Lampo

Highlands Ranch, Colorado




Steve Lee Longmont, Colorado
2 Judy Seals Hannah, Wyoming
3 Steve Stuhr Highlands Ranch, Colorado
4 Jim Smith Arvada, Colorado
5 Cathy Robinson Aurora, Colorado
6 Robert Batie Loveland, Colorado
7 Kurt Guidice Chugwater, Wyoming


Don Sanders Aurora, Colorado


Chris Kaufman Denver, Colorado


1 Warriors of the Crimson Pepper – Steve Lee Longmont, CO
2 Mom's Chili - Cheryl Rupp Scottsbluff, NE


Teesha Frederick Guernsy, WY





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