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January 14, 2014

Chili Cook-off in Branford drew the crowds Saturday

Live Oak —

The Fifth Annual Branford Chili Cook-off was a great success despite the bad weather on Saturday. The event kicked off at 11 a.m. at Hatch Park and the severe weather only dampened the activities during the last minutes of the event. 

Proceeds from the cook-off benefits Herry’s Kids Pediatric Services, a program of the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast.

“This is our fifth year for the Branford Chili Cook-off,” said Hospice Public Relations Manager Larry Geiger. “We feel like that if we’ve been doing an event for five years and we have such a crowd like this, we’re doing something right.”

There was a rough head count of about 330 folks during the day.

Geiger explained the funds provide and support care for infants through the age of 18 with life-limited diseases and is a non-funded program. He said they have fund raisers to help cover the expenses for the program.

“The cook-off is about kids that have needs, so we wanted to come out and have a good time by having a contest with chili in order to provide support and care for kids,” said Geiger. 

There were door prizes, a live DJ, “train rides” for the kids and Home Depot had a kids workshop that let youngsters make a handprint in cement to capture the moment. First, second and third place cash prizes went to the best-tasting chili winners and a favorite decorated booth was also awarded.

First place team winner: The Bean Team (1st place four years running).

Second place team winner: Fancy Jeans and Spicy Beans.

Third place team winner: Old Fashioned Chili.

People’s Choice Best booth decoration winner: D D Chili.

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