Saturday March 31, 2007
1st Place Green,
1st Place Hot Wings,
Showmanship, 5th Place Red
The Colorado Chili
Smackdown – a Tradition Begins.
It was a perfect
day for a chili cookoff. After the wind abated,
the temperatures rose to the low 60’s with high
scattered clouds. Cooks from Colorado,
Nebraska, and Wyoming descended on the Boulder
County Fairgrounds to help kick off what event
organizers hope will be an annual stop on the
road to the World Championship in Terlingua
Cooks competed for
those coveted wins in the chili world: Red
Chili, Green Chili, and Hot Wings. Local
restaurants also competed for the top spot in
“It’s all about
great music and great food, all for a great
cause” says Steven Lee, head cook for the event.
This year’s beneficiary was the Boulder County
Fair. “Spicy Food, Cold Beer and Hot Music,
what else can you ask for?” said Lee.
And it wasn’t just
about the food. There were plenty of activities
for the whole family. A giant slide,
caterpillar crawl, Jumpy jumps, and carnival
games kept the kids entertained. For the adults
there was a Beer Garden and Silent Auction. And
the whole family enjoyed the Music from
“Something Underground” and dancing, including
dance lessons. All while munching away on hot
dogs, wings and of course, CHILI.
As day turned to
night the judges began their task of determining
the best of the best. A daunting task,
considering the quality of chili and wings
offered up. But at last the judges were done,
the score sheets tallied and the winners
In the restaurant
division, Hunters Restaurant & Pub took 1st
place and the title “Best Chili in
Longmont” The Armadillo took 2nd
place and Santiago’s took 3rd.
category was won by Scott Harris of Scottsbluff,
NE. With his 2nd place win in
Showmanship, Steve Lee of Longmont qualified for
the World Championship Chili cookoff, in Show
held the first Saturday in November in Terlingua
In Hot Wings, Steve
Lee of Longmont took top honors with Christie
Batie of Loveland coming in a close 2nd.
twice for Steve Lee who also took first in the
Green Chili category.
Only 7 points
separated the top 10 finishers in the Red Chili
category. But in the end Mike Gatschet of
Lakewood, CO won the day.
The Boulder County
Fair would like to thank everyone who came out
and volunteered, ate, played, danced and oh yes
Cooked. We hope to see you all again next year
at this event and in August for the 4th
Annual Mountain States Chili Cookoff, now held
at the Boulder County Fair, Rodeo and Livestock