32nd Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off October 25th!
ENID, OK - The 32nd Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off, presented by Stride Bank will be held at the Stride Bank Event Center on Friday, October 25th, 11am -1pm, with the theme of “The Wonderful World of Chili.”
The Chili Cook-Off Committee, chaired by Cindy Bailey, is accepting applications from individuals, churches, businesses and organizations. The committee is excited to get started and slots are filling up quickly.
“The Event Center is a perfect location for this event. It allows for ample parking, adequate space for all our vendors, and plenty of seating for our United Way friends,“ said Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. “As always, we will have 45 - 50 amazingly decorated booths, a wide array of door prizes and tasty chili from a variety of exceptional cooks,” added Schiedel.
Tickets to attend the event are $7, which includes a drink, chili, and dessert, and may be purchased in advance from the United Way office or the day of the event at the door. The Chili Cook-Off committee anticipates at least fifty chili entries to compete in four categories: Judge's Chili Choice, Best Booth Decorated, Top Dollar Chili and Peoples Chili Choice! Tasting begins at 11am.
The theme, “The Wonderful World of Chili” is a new creation by the committee, Schiedel said. The committee is expecting to see contestants decked out in classic and new character costumes with booths decorated in Disney themes. “Our chili competitors are extremely imaginative and I’m sure will amaze us with their creativity—which lends for a fun filled event,” Schiedel said.
All funds raised benefit the fifteen partner agencies of United Way, along with discretionary giving designations.
Schiedel stated, “The United Way Board of Directors, along with the Campaign Team - led by Seth and Kristy Skidmore - is also excited about the 2019-2020 campaign. The Chili Cook-Off is the last fundraising event in the year for our agencies and the campaign. Last year’s event raised nearly $20,000. We anticipate this year will be another great success.
The fifteen United Way partner agencies are: Booker T. Washington Center, Cimarron Council Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma, Community Development Support Association, Catholic Charities, Denny Price Family YMCA, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Hedges Speech and Hearing, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, Loaves and Fishes of NW Oklahoma, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, RSVP, The Salvation Army, YWCA of Enid, and Youth and Family Services.
Entry fee for the Cook-Off is $50 with a door prize or $75 without a door prize. Businesses or individuals wanting to enter the Chili Cook-Off may do so by stopping by the United Way office at 401 W. Broadway, Suite 223 in Great Plains Bank or by calling 580237-0821 or email Carolina Seymour at firstname.lastname@example.org.