Local residents are urged to put on those aprons and thinking caps, gather those cookbooks or create their unique versions of a chili recipe to help support the upcoming 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
"If people are planning to participate in the cook off, we would like to know in advance so we can make sure we have enough space and electrical outlets for the crock pots," Times General Manager and Relay Team Captain Lynne Llewellyn said. "Just a quick call to confirm their entry is all we need."
Whether the chili recipe is an old or new version for firehouse, tangy, sweet or a creative unusual, everyone is encouraged to participate.
"We hope people will dust off those family cookbooks and search for those treasured secret family recipes for the contest," Llewellyn said. "This should be a lot of fun for everyone involved."
The entry fee is $5 for individuals and/or Relay For Life Teams, with a separate category for business entries at $10. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the local Relay For Life.
An entry consists of at least one gallon of prepared chili (in a crock pot would be a good way to keep the soup warm during judging) and must be delivered to The Brazil Times office, 100 N. Meridian St., Brazil, between 10-11 a.m. Cooks and the public are invited to watch the official judging, which will begin at 11:15 p.m.
Judges will include local firefighters from the Brazil City Fire Department, public officials and possibly Relay team members from The Times, provided they are not participating in the contest.
Promptly after the winner is announced, leftover "chili shots" will be on sale for 50 cents each until closing or all the chili is gone. The owners can pick up crock-pots left at The Times for the contest on the following Monday during normal business hours.
The winners will receive $25, a three-month subscription to The Brazil Times, their picture in the newspaper and bragging rights for making Clay County's Best Chili.
For those who attend the cook off event, there will be incentives and a door prize.
Those who make at least a $1 donation to Relay, The Brazil Times will be giving away rulers. All those who make donations of any amount, will be entered into a raffle for an official American Cancer Society Daffodil Days soft-plush bunny.
Relay For Life
The 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life is scheduled for May 22-23, 2010, at the Clay County YMCA.
On the first Tuesday of each month preceding the event, Committee Meetings take place at 5:30-6:45 p.m., at Riddell National Bank, Brazil, with Team Captain meetings starting immediately afterward.
For more information about participating in the 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life, contact Event Chair Janice Piatt (812-442-9785) or Event Vice Chair Carrol Evans (812-442-0505) or log on http://www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin.