North Routt community competes for the best chili |

North Routt community competes for the best chili

It's chili time in North Routt County.

Bragging rights are again at stake at the 14th annual Great North Routt Chili Cook Off from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse.

"It's sort of the first big community event after winter, and it's still winter," said organizer Kerri Ann Crocker, who is also the director of the North Routt Preschool.

There may still be snow on the ground, but there will be no shortage of North Routt residents and visitors anxious to try varieties of red and green chilis in addition to desserts.

This cook-off typically raises about $3,000.

"It's really all about us coming together, eating some chili and getting ready for summer," Crocker said.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit the preschool and the Fourth of July fireworks show on July 1 at Steamboat Lake. The show is organized by Jon Davenport, who also makes a good bear chili.

"Jon Davenport often has a good chili, and I think it's a contender," Crocker said.

Dan Bubenheim won last year in the dessert category for his chocolate raspberry bread pudding.

The cost to attend the event is $15.

People can enter the contest for $10 by bringing at least six quarts of chili or a dessert to the Roadhouse by 12:30 p.m.

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