Ideal weather draws record crowd to 14th Chili Cook-Off

Electra Merrell (right) reaches out with a cup of Shine Shack’s chili to serve a fellow cook-off competitor during the 14th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Oct. 15. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Tickets nearly sold out at Wabash Cannonball’s Chili for Charity Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Oct. 15, with more than 5,000 guests in attendance,.

With 85 teams registered to serve on Saturday, the Chili for Charity committee prepared 5,000 voting ticket packages and was less than 100 away from selling out when 2:30 p.m. hit.

“We stopped selling at 2:30 p.m. but continued to take donations until 3 p.m.,” Committee member Steve Weir said. “Out of 5,000 voting strips, we had less than 100 left so we easily had over 5,000 chili tasters.”

Posted on 2016 Oct 18