Saturday, June 16,
2007 Chugwater WY
1st Place Green Chili - 6th Place
Red Chili (Steve)
7th Place Red Chili - Greenhorn
Cook Award (Stephanie)
Wyoming State Junior Champion
Warriors of the Crimson Pepper rose to the
occasion for this event and did not disappoint.
This year the cookoff returned to Chugwater Town Park, a
site that not seen the event since 2004. Warm
weather and healthy appetites were the standard of the
day for this 22nd Annual event.
There were plenty of cooks on hand for
the cooks party the night before. All of them
camping at the cook site. Of course this made it a
bit easier for some to find the cookoff site the next
morning. As dawn broke and the sun climbed into
the sky, the chili cooks donned their ceremonial garb
and prepared to do battle.
This is always a great cookoff to
attend if only to see old friends and cooks that don't
always make it down to the Colorado events.
Additionally, there is always a good abundance of Music,
Beer, BBQ, Vendors etc...etc.. Temperatures were
in the high 90's, so most of the hungry attendees were
hot...inside and out.
The judges all agreed that this was
the best tasting batch of chili's that this event had
ever seen! That's saying a lot considering a 22
year history. They also all agreed that these were
some of the hottest chili's that had ever been turned in
at Chugwater. With three preliminary rounds for
Red and two for Green the judges may have worked as hard
as the cooks!.
With long lines at every
cook's tent the attending public got a taste of some of
the best chili in the world. A bit of a rain
shower towards the end of the day cooled off some of the
folks, but did not dissipate the crowd. Most of
them held out to see which chili cook would prevail.
When it was all over the
Warriors of the Crimson Pepper walked away with 6
awards, including 3 first place trophies.
To Start, Katie took 1st in the Junior
Division for Red, making her the Wyoming State Junior
Champion. Next the Warriors were awarded First
Place for Showmanship. Steve got into the act next
picking up first place in Green Chili. Stephanie
got into the act taking 7th place in Red. edging
out his daughter, Steve took 6th place.
Finally, Stephanie took the Green Horn
Award. This award is given to the first time
Chugwater cook who finishes the highest in Red Chili.
All in all, a great day for the team!
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