The Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff on Saturday may have set a new attendance record, organizers say. Though they don’t have final numbers in yet, they’re speculating that a record-breaking 9,000 people attended, sampling chili and watching crazy chili-centered contests and activities. (Sadly, the fire-eaters failed to break the world record, but it was an interesting spectacle nonetheless.)
The Grand Champion title, which comes with a $1,000 prize, went to Cindy Harmon and her Chili Cocineros. Cindy and co. also were grand champions in 2010.
As promised, here are the results from the competitive portion of the day.
First place: Chili Cocineros — Cindy Harmon, Whichita
Second place: Jeepers Creepers — Kelly Zehr, Wichita
First place: Flatland Dreamers – Bill Spellman, Wichita
ICS Chili Verde:
First place: Toucan Chew 1 – Bill Dudzik, Omaha
First place: Sterling Silver — Larry Bulla, Wichita
First place: American Family/ Dan Beat Agency – Brent Melroy, Wichita
Best Booth Award:
Security First Title: Jason Wasinger, Wichita
Team Spirit Award:
City of Wichita – Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita