Woodburn Chili Cookoff returns after a year's hiatus, raising funds for AWARE Food Bank

Come out to taste some of the best chili in the community as the Woodburn Chili Cookoff returns after a one-year absence, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Hoodview Church of God, 1530 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn.PMG FILE PHOTO - Diana Cruz and the Hubbard firefighters won the Judges Choice award for their Screaming Hornet chili entry in their first competition at the annual Woodburn Chili Cookoff.

Sponsored by the French Prairie Kiwanis Club, this all-you-can-eat chili event features friendly competition between community groups and individuals using original chili recipes. The occasion is highlighted by the annual "Fire vs. Police" battle.

Admission is $5 per person, $25 maximum for a family, and it includes an all-you-can-eat chili meal (chili, toppings, cornbread, beverage and dessert) in addition to sampling the chili entries.

Attendees help select the winners by voting with money for their favorites with proceeds benefiting the AWARE Food Bank and Ray of Hope Thrift Store.

Pastor Steve Kufeldt said generous support from Xfinity, Legacy Financial, Brown Insurance, Hallmark Properties, and Yes Graphics already raised $1,500 for this year's event. Since its inception six years ago, the cookoff has raised more than $7,000 for community organizations.

Cook-off teams and individuals are invited to participate. Entry forms are available at or call Kufeldt at 503-951-9452 for information.

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