Proceeds from French Prairie Kiwanis event go to AWARE Food Bank and Love INC of Northern Marion County

The third annual Woodburn Cook-Off & Chili Feed on Jan. 20 displayed the creativity and cooking skills of seven community teams in a friendly chili-making competition. Presented by the French Prairie Kiwanis Club at Hoodview Church of God, the event raised over $1,200 for AWARE Food Bank and Love in the Name of Christ of North Marion County.

COURTESY PHOTO - Bob Anderson, of the French Prairie Kiwanis Club, won the Judges' Choice Award.Representing the French Prairie Kiwanis Club, Bob and Gwen Anderson and their entry of "Perry's Secret Chili" took home the top award for the second year in a row.Though the Andersons' chili tied Gina Audritsh's "Hot & Spicy" submission for the top spot after the first round of judging, the Andersons' chili narrowly won the tie-breaker. Audritsh did take home the "Civic Club" challenge, as she represented the Woodburn Kiwanis Club. In the competitive "First Responder" challenge category, Lt. Jason Millican of the Woodburn Police Department and his "Milli's Chili" won, giving WPD the category for the second year in a row.

The "People's Choice" award, which is based on the amount of money each entry receives from the audience, went to Robert Dixon and the Ard Duine (Tall Man) team.

COURTESY PHOTO - Judges of the annual chili feed event were (from left) Steve Kufeldt, associate pastor of Hoodview Church of God, Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris and Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley.On the three-person panel of judges were Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley, Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris and Hoodview Church of God Associate Pastor Steve Kufeldt. The judges rated all of the chili entries in a blind taste test.

The event, sponsored by French Prairie Kiwanis, Legacy Financial, Abby's Pizza, Hallmark Properties, Yes Graphics, Aflac and Hoodview, has raised over $4,600 to date.

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